Rail Development: No Region Will Be Short-changed – Lai Mohammed

  • Minister says no part of Nigeria will be shortchanged in rail development.
  • Say FG maintaining a relationship with foreign countries which are helping in the development of infrastructures. 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has assured that no region and state capital would be left out of its rail development master plan.

The Minister gave the assurance when he featured on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Programme, “Good Morning Nigeria” on Wednesday morning monitored by iDONSABI

Mohammed reiterated the federal government’s commitment and focus in the provision of infrastructures, saying no part of Nigeria would be shortchanged.

While noting that the Eastern rail corridor which traversed the South East and South-South states, connecting them to other regions is in the master plan and will be developed, Mohammed added that the federal government has been able to revamp our rail system.

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The Minister who said the Lagos-Ibadan, Lagos-Abeokuta standard gauge is being test run added that the Itakpe-Warri-Ajaokuta is also running while the Kaduna to Abuja is overwhelmed.

“I can assure you that our rail programme will ensure that no state capital will be left out. That is our master plan. We are doing it in phases,” he said.

He further said that the President Muhammdu Buhari administration had invested on road projects across the nation,  giving examples of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway which was abandoned by previous governments, the Shagamu-Ore and Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa roads.

He also highlighted the works being done on the Enugu-Aba-Port-Harcourt; Enugu-Onitsha expressways; the East-West road and second Niger Bridge, among others, saying they are progressing very well.

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He, therefore, assured that in the next two to three years, Nigerians would see the completion of many of the roads.

Speaking on the implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) which he said had helped in blocking leakages and the channelling of government resources to critical infrastructure development, Mohammed said the government is building a relationship with foreign countries and reaching out to global partners including ADB which are helping in the development of infrastructures.

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