By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, is looking forward to the National Assembly (NASS) to give permission to borrow money to begin construction of Ibadan-Kano Railway Modernization contract.
He said that for now, work on Kano-Kaduna Railway Modernization Project will proceed because there has been financial advancement from the budget for it.
The transportation minister disclosed the policy issue when he inspected Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway project which is now ready for commissioning next month, June.
Amaechi and Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, jointly carried out the inspection on Sunday.
The Minister of Transportation illustrated efforts being made to accomplish the projects. He said: “There are processes. One of the processes is that we have to borrow money. We’ve gone to the National Assembly to give permission to borrow. When the approval comes then we start the process of negotiation. When we conclude negotiation we start the construction, but for now we’ll proceed with Kano-Kaduna because we’ve made some financial advancement from our budget, and we still have money for budget this year “
He also spoke on how important it is to complete Ibadan-Abuja railway development project.
Giving insight on the secret behind the success of railway modernization under President Muhammadu Buhari government, Amaechi stressed that not much would have been achieved if the President had listened to critics.
He said that he is happy with what the President is doing for the interest of Nigerians.
“If he was listening to criticism we won’t be here. I pray that the President continues what he is doing, not listening to anybody as far as what he is doing is right for the country,” Amaechi said.
He expressed sympathy for the communities being ravaged by flooding and erosion as a result of the railway development that passed through the areas.
He pointed out that he had directed the management of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to meet with the communities with a view to solving the problems.
Chairman, Board of Nigerian Railway Corporation, Alhaji Alhassan Ibrahim Musa, and the Managing Director of NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, accompanied the ministers during the facility tour.