FG to re-introduce movement of petroleum products by rail

The minister of transportation, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi has disclosed that the federal government will be re-introducing the movement of petroleum products by rail in 2016.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lagos after inspection of airport facilities in Lagos, RT Hon Amaechi stated that the government has commenced and almost completed the narrow gauge rehabilitation which will be retained for the movement of cargoes.
In his words:”The movement of petroleum products by rail will be re-introduced in 2016. As you are aware, we have commenced and almost completed the narrow gauge rehabilitation which will be retained for the movement of cargoes. At the same time massive investments into the standard gauge to link most parts of the country with faster trains for passenger movements has begun. In 2016, we hope to complete work on the Abuja-Kaduna railway line as Mr. President is highly committed to it.”
He disclosed further that work will start in earnest on the standard gauge from Calabar-Lagos line which will transverse towns and cities like Obudu Cattle Ranch-Calabar-Uyo-Aba-Port-Harcourt- Yenagoa-Otuoke-Yenagoa-Ughelli-Sapele-Benin-Agbor- Asaba-Onitsha-Benin-Ijebu Ode-Ore-Sagamu-Lagos Seaports.
Including Lagos-Kano, Lagos-Ibadan-Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna to Kano. 
 
He said the construction of new lines and rehabilitation of old railway lines will generate over 250,000 direct jobs and more indirect jobs while having multi-plier effect on economic activities.

The minister maintained, “that With the resuscitation of commercial traffic from Port Harcourt to Aba amongst others, we have begun the revitalization of this key sub-sector of the Nigerian economy.” 

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