The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration inherited a rail project from Lagos to Calabar, which will cost the administration about $11.1 billion. He promised the people that the project will commence before the end of this year 2021.
The Minister stated this in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, during the 34 Convocation Lecture of the University of Calabar, where he was a guest lecturer.
Amaechi, who is a former Governor of Rivers State, asked Nigerians to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for its efforts in national survival.
“The Buhari administration has embarked on massive rehabilitation of our decayed national infrastructure in the last five years,” he said.
“Throughout the federation, major highways are being rehabilitated and new ones built. Critical bridges are being built to link major ethnic-economic nerve centres.”
The Minister reiterated President Buhari’s commitment to revamping the country’s agricultural sector, noting that the dams and irrigation works were underway to improve the availability of water to farms to aid food production.
While speaking on the railway, Amaechi revealed that Buhari inherited the contract of over $11 billion to construct the rail project.
He noted that the project would terminate at Calabar, assuring the people of the state that work would soon commence before the year runs out.
He added, “The President inherited a contract of $11.1 billion to construct a railway from Lagos to terminate at Calabar. So just wait, before the end of this year if you don’t see contractors solve the problem of your road.”
The Minister further called on Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts toward national cohesion and unity.