The Federal Government has approved construction of the $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano standard gauge rail line project.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this on Thursday at the third Maritime Stakeholders Interactive Forum.
Amaechi said “Just yesterday, we got approval to complete the $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano rail project. We have also applied for funding to commence coastal rail for the Port Harcourt to Warri segment”.
In a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja, Amaechi has announced that the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, would supervise all the maritime agencies.
“In my first term as minister, I completely abandoned the maritime sector to the heads of agencies. This time, that won’t be happening again.
“I have instructed that the Minister of State for Transportation should personally supervise the maritime agencies, while I just oversee what is happening,” he said