PRESIDENT BUHARI IS PASSIONATE ABOUT LAGOS – IBADAN RAIL PROJECT – OSINBAJO

PRESIDENT BUHARI IS PASSIONATE ABOUT LAGOS – IBADAN RAIL PROJECT – OSINBAJO

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, March 7, revealed that the Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail line project was “close to President Buhari’s heart.”

Osibanjo made this known during the flagging off of the rail project in Lagos, the acting President explained that the project was dare to the President because it would create 500,000 jobs for Nigerians.

He furthered that the rail line was just one segment of the Lagos-Kano railway project, which is an integral part of the national rail project.

According to the acting President, the rail line would be ready for use by December 2018 and would ensure ease of transportation and diversification of the nation’s economy.

In his words,“If there is a project close to the heart of the president, it is this rail project he personally promised the people of this nation.

“Our appreciation goes to the Chinese government, who have always proven to be reliable partners with Nigeria. As some may be aware, we have the entire Lagos-Kano standard guage track, as well as the Lagos-Calabar railway track in the 2017 budget.

“Negotiations of the Kaduna-Kano portion of the track is now completed and this phase is next in line. We have already provided our portion of funding for the Lagos-Calabar route as well.

“We expect that negotiations for the foreign component of the funding will be finalised in the next few months. The Lagos-Calabar rail will come on stream.

“An active and vibrant railway system confers many benefits on society, and our ultimate goal is to restore the railway using culture for both commercial and personal travels.

“The national railway project will create up to half a million jobs, and facilitate the movement of over 3.2 tonnes of cargo per annum.” Osinbajo added.

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