Amaechi opens up after secret meeting with Buhari
The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi have opened up to the press after a secret meeting with President Buhari on Tuesday at the Presidential Vila.
According to the former River state governor, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that negotiation should be carried out for 15 billion dollars loan for the completion of work on the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri rail project and also given approval for negotiations of funds for the execution of Lagos – Calabar rail project to ensure its speedy completion.
“Don’t forget that the Lagos-Calabar project is yet to start because of funds; the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri is yet to start because of funds, but the President has approved that we negotiate for funds.
“We are almost concluding negotiations for the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri. We are looking at the cost – is in the neighbourhood of between 14 billion and 15 billion dollars.’’
He also touched on the Lagos-Ibadan route project:
“If the rain doesn’t start early we will start laying tracks on the Lagos-Ibadan route in April and hopefully we believe we can complete it in December or January and open it up for passengers and business and we expect about 6, 000,000 tons of cargo out of the 30,000,000 tons of cargo that we have between Lagos and Kano.
“In terms of job creation, you can be rest assured that it will be in thousands,” he said.