The Minister of Transportation, Said Alkali, has vowed to ensure the completion and full operation of the PortHarcourt-Maiduguri rail network.
The minister explained that upon completion of the rail line, Nigerians would enjoy good trade, access market, and business places easily and also boost agricultural production and movement of farm goods.
Alkali said the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail network is a clear testament to the current administration’s commitment to infrastructural development, economic growth, and national cohesion.
He expressed his resolve to ensure that the rail project is not only completed on time but also meets international standards.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to the minister, Jamilu Ja’afaru on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, “It is about the movement of goods, people, and opportunities. It is about connecting Nigeria and driving growth.
“The 1,657km rail network, cutting across 13 States: Rivers, Abia, Enugu, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, and Adamawa promises to unlock unprecedented benefits.”
Stating the benefits of the projects for States, he said: “In Rivers State, the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line will boost the state’s status as a major hub for commerce and trade, connecting it to key economic centres across the country.
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