The Federal Government has said that the eastern railway corridor, Port Harcourt to Maiduguri will have a branch route to Abakaliki, Ebonyi and Awka in Anambra State.
The Minister of Transportation, Chief Rotimi Amaechi who disclosed this in Lagos said that the extension of the rail routes is part of government efforts to connect the entire country by rail.
He also said President Muhammadu Buhari will perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the eastern rail corridor on 9th March, 2021.
The Minister while inspecting Lagos-Ibadan railway project, commended the level of work done, “as you can see, the laying of the track has been successfully done into Apapa port.
“The stations are completed too, what is left at most of the stations is the fixing of bulbs and little things like that. If we tell the contractor to get this place ready for commission in the next two weeks, this place will be ready,” he stated.
He however, charged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and other agencies at the port to ensure that the train is highly utilized in lifting cargo when the rail project is fully commissioned.