By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
In a bid to stem the spate of criticisms coming from some parts of the country that felt excluded from the revolution in the rail transportation sector, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the award of contracts for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Eastern narrow guage railway, with new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities.
This cheering news was dropped Wednesday by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi who spoke to State House Correspondents at Presidential Villa Abuja after the weekly virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
Amaechi said FEC has also approved the construction of a new deep seaport in Bonny, Rivers state under PPP and the construction of a railway Industrial park in Port Harcourt.
According to him, “the railway line will be at the cost of $3,020,279,549.
“The industrial park, which is under PPP, at no cost to federal government, will cost $241,154,389.31.
“The Bonny deep seaport will cost $461,924,369, at no cost to the federal government”.
Explaining further he said, “the Port-Harcourt to Maiduguri narrow guage railway will have new branch lines: From Port Harcourt to Bonny and from Port Harcourt to Owerri, Imo state are new lines.
“There’s another connecting to narrow guage to standard guage at Kafanchan.
“There is a branch line from Gombe or before Maiduguri to Damaturu and Gashau. That’s what has been approved”, Amaechi revealed.