Abuja-Kaduna train for launch May – Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, Transport minister, appearing before the Senate
Rotimi Amaechi, Transport minister, appearing before the Senate during an interview session before he was hired for the ministerial job.

The minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Abuja-Kaduna rail project is 100 per cent completed and will be launched in May.

Mr. Amaechi announced this at Idu, Abuja, on Thursday, while inspecting the project along with the contractors, China Civil Engineering Construction Company.

According to him, before the launch by President Muhammadu Buhari, the rail would be test-run in March, adding that during that period, passengers will board for free.

“The essence of my tour is to enable us assess whether we are ready for commercial activities and I think we are. I will be travelling from Abuja to Kaduna tomorrow through the rail.

“In March, they should start the test-run of the rail services for free, then the proper commercial activity will start in May, where we expect the president to flag-off the use of coaches,” he said.

He said N150 billion would be used to execute the national rail project, with another N60 billion for the Lagos-Kano standard gauge and yet another N60 billion for the Lagos-Calabar project.

“What we are doing is implementation of what we met in office. We are not among those who will abandon good ideas.

“If we see an idea that is good, we will adopt it. The Lagos-Kano project was awarded by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and we are flying with it.

“The Lagos-Calabar project was awarded by former President Goodluck Jonathan and we are also flying with it. What we are doing is implementing those projects that have not been implemented for so many years,” the minister said.

He further said Idu, the location of the rail, was too far from the city centre, adding that the contractor should make provisions for temporary stations in the city.

Mr. Amaechi suggested that since the Abuja light rail project was yet to commence, the tracks could be used to pick passengers from the city centre to Kaduna.

“The Abuja light rail is expected to start from Abuja and de-board passengers at Idu from where such passengers will move to Kaduna but since the Abuja light rail is not ready, we shall use their tracks to continue to pick passengers from Abuja until they are ready and then we will disengage the temporary facility.

“The role of the station is to convey passengers to Idu, where they will be transferred to the national rail line to proceed to Kaduna,” he explained.

He said the only challenge with the project was the fencing aspect.

(NAN)

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  • Paul Young

    I dont care who awarded the contracts, as long as the railway gets revitalized which will have a multiplier effect on the economy in the long run.

    I JUST WANT TO ENJOY THE DIVIDENDS OF DEMOCRACY

    • aisha ani

      That is all we can ask for.

  • Ebubedike

    Here is another big congratulations to the able President Goodluck Jonathan on another important project well executed. Never mind the illiterate bench warmer, Bokohari.

    • Rommel

      When refineries were started,the Jonathanians were all over shouting that it was part of Jonathan’s achievement forgetting that an administration with less than 1/20 of the money available to Jonathan built those refineries but when it packed up,the praise dried up and now that we are seeing a timetable for completion of abandoned projects,some that were well conceived but executed with ill intentions of stealing public funds which characterized the Jonathan administration being completed by serious minded people,once again,the praise singers of Jonathan are out,why did Jonathan not commission a project of 24 months duration if indeed he wished to? besides,they said this one was initiated by OBJ,why did Jonathan not complete it?

      • APC is Doomed

        You can’t complete such a project within one month.

        • Rommel

          HahahahahahahahaLol! pathetic sycophants,political scavengers,from 1976-79 the Olusegun Obasanjo administration built two refineries from scratch that we still use today,in under 4 years,the Abacha administration built the LNG phase 1,how many projects did Jonathan do in 5 and 1/2 years he was in power? if you could answer me,then we talk

          • APC is Doomed

            Well you started with name calling so I don’t see any possibility of you seeing what he did as a president. He did nothing lets move on and hopeful Mr. Change will turn things around.

          • Rommel

            You should have shamed me by naming something tangible,that is how any rational person would be expected to react

          • APC is Doomed

            He did nothing bro.

  • Damilola

    Eheh!!! Really?? I’m reading this? Wonders shall never end in a wonder land. Till you leave that office you won’t stop commissioning the clueless man’s projects. Sane goes for Fashola, Ogeh, Fayemi…

  • Jon

    Which day will we hear about Lagos – Benin – Asaba -Onitsha- Enugu-Portharcout railway project. When? When? and When?, for goods sake? We cannot continue to develop North ad infinitum.

    • aisha ani

      Exactly! Lagos to Abuja nko?

    • adeyinka

      Ask your jonathan which will he award the contract for those areas you mentioned, Buhari only completed the contract awarded by your senior goat brother who spent his tenure eating our yams

      • North/West Allies

        The same Jonathan built the Abuja – Kaduna, Buhari did not complete any project infarct he did not invest any koko because the contract was awarded and paid for by Jonathan administration

  • Rommel

    Sai Buhari,a president with conscience,he handed certain sectors over to serious minded Nigerians who are capable of delivering on the mandates

    • North/West Allies

      Built by Jonathan

  • Olamide

    Weldone the honourable Minister. The nemesis of PDP

    • North/West Allies

      You are very funny, the same rail he is lunching is build by same PDP

  • PEOPLE

    God bless Jonathan. God will shame your enemies. One day the truth will come out. Buhari is one of those Northerners who stage coup that made Nigeria backward. Nigeria will never progress if we continue as one country.

    • Jika

      What was the name of the first coup plotter in Nigeria?

  • 24087

    We Nigerians of all strata should learn to give kudos to whom it due. Am sure this PMB GoVt are not been sincere ,even looking at their body language. Starting from our president he should show example, this how nations grow, New York was not built one day ,it took several administration. Many people will agree previous govt did certain things right or wrong. We should not use English to redefine truth. PMB govt has not started and completed any project yet. Any project completed now are still carry over from previous govt. So for Amaechi to try to be economical with truth is wrong ,he should praise the initiators of the project’s , this how things are to be done ,tomm Buhari might not be there ,same thing can be said of him too . So let’s join hands to develop Naija bcos govt will come and go but legacies left behind matters

  • North/West Allies

    Jonathan did nothing, for the past 9 months this present administration has been busy commissioning all the project executed by Jonathan. When is he going to award new contracts PLEASE!!!!

  • Excisionist

    Abuja – Kaduna ? Terrorist zone. A laudable project wrongly located. Why build in an area where it will be attacked and destroyed by terrorists with loss of lives. Why not wait until there is security there and meanwhile build Abuja-Enugu and Abuja-Ibadan? It is almost like Buhari taking loan from world bank last year for the development of Sambisa forest. WhaT A WASTE . . .

  • kumi

    FORMER PRESIDENT GEJ IS A REALLY GOOD PRESIDENT AND DID WELL FOR NIGERIA WITHOUT BEING PARTISAN
    HE WORKED FOR THE HAUSA AND IGBO AND YORUBA PEOPLE HE DID WELL NO DISCRIMINATION ;IKE WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW IN NIGERIA