By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Federal Government on Wednesday approved $3 million contracts for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri eastern narrow guage railway, with new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi disclosed this to State House correspondents while briefing on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
Amaechi also disclosed that council approved the construction of a new deep seaport in Bonny, under PPP as well as the construction of a railway Industrial park in Port Harcourt.
“The railway line will be at the cost of $3,020,279,549. The industrial park, which is under PPP, at no cost to federal government, will cost $241,154,389.31. The Bonny deep seaport will cost $461,924,369, at no cost to the federal government.
“The Port Harcourt to Maiduguri narrow guage railway will have new branch lines: from Port Harcourt to Bonny and from Port Harcourt to Owerri are new lines.
“There’s another connecting to narrow guage to standard guage at Kafanchan. There is a branch line from Gombe or before Maiduguri to Damaturu and Gashau. That’s what has been approved,” he stated .
Also briefing, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said FECl approved the full business skills compliance certificate issued by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, Abuja, for the design, finance, upgrade, operate, and transfer of the Nigeria Correctional Service Shoe, Garment, and Leather Processing Factory located in Aba, Abia State as well as Janguza, Kano State under a Public Private Partnership (PPP).
According to him, this full business skills certificate and the investment that will come therefrom amounts to 5 billion, 100 million naira (N5,100,000,000).
He noted that about 1,330 people will have direct employment, while about 3,000 people will have indirect employment.
“The benefit beside the employment of Nigerians is the opportunity for training of the inmates of our correctional facilities in Janguza, Kano State and Aba in Abia State.
The contract for full business skills compliance certificate is given to Msssrs LG Investment Limited, a Nigerian company which is partnering with a Chinese company, Full Technology Incorporated from Beijing, China,” he stated .