The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Government to providing a safe, secure and intermodal transportation network for Nigerians in line with global best practices (GBP).
Amaechi stated this during an annual ministerial press briefing on the landmark programmes, projects and activities of the Ministry and its agencies at Radio House, Abuja.
He stressed that, in order to ensure safe, secure, reliable, efficient, affordable, intermodal and environmental sustainable road transport for all, the Ministry had embarked on developing a National Road Transport Policy. He noted that the policy will address the challenges associated with road sector.
Speaking on the ongoing Transport Transformation Program, the Minister said, there will be outputs of Nationwide Urban Mass Transit and environmentally sustainable road transport action.
Highlighting some of its benefits, the Minister said, “the implementation of Regional Transport Protocol to accelerate Nigeria benefiting from African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFACTA) and other details guide for the road transport subsector among other modes.”
The Minister further noted that the Nigerian Railway Cooperation was over 120 years old ( 1898 -2021), and within this period, the country has built 3,505 Km of Narrow Gauge rail lines, linking Abuja to Rigasa in Kaduna State; 302 Km Network of SG rail line from Itakpe, Kogi State to Warri, Delta State.
“And additional 185 Km double SG rail lines from Lagos to Ibadan rail lines with extension to Apapa Sea Port almost completed” he said.
Amaechi further disclosed that the Ministry plans to build other standard gauge routes which includes: Ibadan – Kano; Kano – Kazaure – Daura – Katsina – Jibiya to connect Maradi, Niger Republic.
“Others are Port Harcourt – Aba – Enugu – Makurdi – Jos – Bauchi – Gombe – Maiduguri; Starting with the narrow gauge rehabilitation and the groundbreaking was recently conducted in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“Lagos – Ijebu Ode – Benin – Yenegoa – Calabar with feasibility study carried and waiting for funds” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Minister of state for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, who said the essence of the briefing was to create awareness of the laudable activities and projects of the Ministry towards the infrastructural and economic development of the country.
“We all know that transportation is the key to social and economic development of any nation even more so in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, commended the achievements of the Ministry, adding that it remained focused on delivering its projects.
“The Ministry of Transportation is one ministry that has been majoring its activities, especially in the area of railway transportation” he noted.
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