FG approves $5.3bn Ibadan-Kano rail project, Saraki gets maritime role





The federal government has approved $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano standard guage rail project.
According to the Minister of Transportation, funding application to commence coastal rail for the Port-Harcourt to Warri segment has been tabled. 


He minister stated this on Thursday in Lagos during the third Maritime Stakeholders Interactive Forum.
He said Minister of Transportation, state, Gbemisola Saraki would be in-charge of all maritime agencies while he would focus on the Railway sector.

In his words “On maritime security, I have told the Israeli firm HSLI that they are too slow. By now, they should have launched. I want to know the situation of things with the aspect of security on our maritime space.
“In my first term as Minister, I completely abandoned the maritime sector to the Heads of agencies. 


“This time around, that won’t be happening again as I have instructed that the Honourable Minister of Transportation for state should personally supervise the maritime agencies, while I just oversight what is happening.
He assured government that by the end of 2020, a single window should be up at the maritime sector.

“Just yesterday (Wednesday), we got approval to complete the $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano rail project. We  have also applied for funding to commence coastal rail for the Port-Harcourt to Warri segment. 
“On maritime security, I have told the Israeli firm HSLI that they are too slow. By now, they should have launched.
“I want to know the situation of things with the aspect of security on our maritime space,” he said. 




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