President Buhari Commissions 10 Coaches And 2 Locomotives In Kaduna

President Buhari Commissions 10 Coaches And 2 Locomotives In Kaduna

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated 10 additional locomotives and two coaches in Rigasa Train Station, Kaduna. The president reiterated his administration’s resolve to vigorously pursue railway development in Nigeria through the implementation of the 25year strategic railway masterplan.

President added that negotiations are currently on-going with private sector investors for narrow gauge rail lines to expand the reach of rail services in the country. He mentioned that other supporting project that has been approved is the procurement of more locomotives, coaches, wagons, workshops and equipment that would be used for standard guage lines.

He maintained that negotiations are on for the concessioning of the narrow gauge rails with a consortium General Electric to encourage private sector participate in the railway development, Buhari said “We are looking forward to a more efficient railway service on the narrow gauge line to be driven by the private sector adding government is creating a condusive environment participation by strengthening the legal and regulatory framework.

Meanwhile the Minister of Transportaion, Mr Chibuike Amaechi said government would do all within its powers to complete the Lagos-Ibadan railway. “We are already negotiating with contractors that will fund the project. If we are able to complete the arrangements again taking into consideration the Nigeria law, we will start many of them this year. That include many of them.”

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January 5th, 2018

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