FG PROCURES 2 HIGH SPEED COACHES FOR LAGOS-IBADAN RAIL LINE

The Federal Government has procured two high speed coaches for the Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge railway. ‘ ‘ The Chairman, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mallam Ibrahim Al- Hassan, said the coaches were shipped in from China to start passenger services from Lagos to Ibadan as the laying of tracks had reached 152 kilometres out of the 156-kilometre stretch. Al- Hassan, who made this known during a project inspection at Ologun Eru, on the outskirts of Ibadan, on Thursday, said the two tracks would be completed by the end of July.…

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FG TO DEMOLISH STRUCTURES ON LAGOS IBADAN RAIL CORRIDOR

Kasim Sumaina and Oluchi Chibuzor The federal government yesterday directed all owners of businesses and structures within the Apapa-Ebute-Meta corridor of Lagos-Ibadan railway to relocate in order to allow the construction of the rail project continue without delay. The apex government equally explained challenges hindering conveying of cargoes by train to and from the ports, disclosing that it had not constructed the standard gauge to its full capacity. The Minister for Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi gave the directive at a meeting with stakeholders on the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan rail project at…

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FG PREPARES NIGERIANS TO TAKE OVER MANAGEMENT OF ABUJA KADUNA LIGHTRAILS FROM CHINESE

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced series of intensive technical training for its staff, who are integral part of Abuja Rail Mass Transit (ARMT) operations team. Our correspondent reports that the  training is part of the arrangements for full takeover of the management of the ARMT, otherwise known as Abuja Lightrail, when the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) currently jointly managing it exits the system, in the next two and half years. Speaking at the opening of the training in Idu, on Monday, Assistant Director, Engr. Mustapha…

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LINK ALL 36 STATES BY RAIL, BUHARI DIRECTS TRANSPORT MINISTER

Current Abuja metro rail project By Naomi Sharang President Muhammadu Buhari has given the directive that all the 36 state capitals should be connected with rail in the ongoing railway projects. The Minister of Transportation, Mr, Chibuike Amaechi, said on Thursday at the meeting with the Chairman Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Sen. Shehu Sani. The meeting also attended by the Ministers of Finance; Budget and National Planning; and Power, Works and Housing was in connection with President Buhari’s loan request of 5.5 billion dollars. Amaechi said that…

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10 NEW RAIL LINES COMING – NRC

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government is currently carrying out feasibility studies on the construction of 10 new standard gauge rail lines across the country. According to the Nigerian Railway Corporation, the standard gauge rail lines will cover a travelling distance of over 3,421 kilometres when completed. It further stated that the various rail lines would pass through Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Benin, Abuja, Kogi, Onitsha and Sokoto, among other states. The corporation disclosed this in its latest Rail Development Plan report that was obtained by our correspondent from the…

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FEAR,,PANIC AS ABUJA TRAIN BREAKS DOWN NEAR KIDNAP HOT SPOT ALONG KADUNA ROAD

Fear gripped passengers on Abuja-Kaduna train at the weekend when it experienced system failure near Jere, a community that experienced series of  kidnapping recently. The Friday morning train, which took off from Idu in Abuja around 7.03am had system failure twice. The first was before the train took off in Idu, while the second was at Jere in Kaduna State. Our correspondents report that the system failure in Jere lasted 20 minutes, raising tension among passengers. It happened around 8.02am and it was rectified by 8.22am. This is the second…

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FG TO CONNECT ALL AIRPORTS AND SEAPORTS TO RAIL

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, disclosed plans to connect all seaports, airports and inland container depots by rail. “The vision is for a farmer in Sokoto to be able to send his goods from his farms by road to the nearest inland container depot, where it would be carried by rail to one of the seaports for export to Europe, America, Asia,” he stated. Zakari who stated this at the opening session of the 15th National Council on Transportation holding in Sokoto, stressed that sustainable development of…

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BUHARI APPORVES DAURA TO KANO AND PORT HARCOURT TO MAIDUGURI RAILWAYS,

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a rail line from Kano to his hometown in Daura, Jibia local government areas of Katsina state. This was disclosed by Rotimi Ameachi, the minister of transportation, at The Osasu Show Symposium — which bothers on the economy and its effects on the less privileged — in Abuja on Friday. According to Ameachi, the president also approved rail lines from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, Kano to Maiduguri, Makurdi to Jos, Gombe to Yobe to Borno, Jigawa to Niger Republic. approved rail lines from Port Harcourt…

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FG TO DIVERSIFY ECONOMY WITH 41BIL DOLLARS RAILWAY INVESTMENT

Lekan Adetayo and Stanley Opara The Federal Government has started a $41bn railway expansion to reduce dependence on oil and diversify the economy, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has said. “The plan we have now will go to every nook and corner,” Amaechi said on Wednesday in an interview in Abuja, Bloomberg reported. The Federal Executive Council also on Wednesday approved the contract for the repair of the Itapke-Ajaokuta-Warri rail link. Nigeria, which is Africa’s biggest oil producer, is going through its worst economic slump in 25 years following a…

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AMAECHI DEFENDS CHINA RAIL PROJECTS AMIDST CONTROVERSIES

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi • Says they are cheaper than Kenyan rail line per km Chika Amanze-Nwachuku The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has provided more insight into the multibillion dollar railway projects to be partly funded by the China Exim Bank, stating that the Lagos-Kano and Calabar-Lagos rail lines would include state-of-the-art train stations, digital signalling and communications systems and high-speed trains that would cut the number of hours spent by commuters travelling around the country by more than 50 per cent. Speaking to THISDAY on…

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