The Federal Government has given approval for the construction of the $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano standard gauge rail line project.
“Just yesterday, 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,” Amaechi said.
According to a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja, the minister also revealed that the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, would be in charge of all maritime agencies, while he (Amaechi) would focus on the railway sector.
He said, “In my first term as minister, I completely abandoned the maritime sector to the heads of agencies. This time, that won’t be happening again.
“I have assured the government that by the end of 2020, we should have a single-window in our maritime sector.
“On maritime security, I have told the Israeli firm HSLI that they are too slow. By now, they should have launched”.
He promised to find out the situation of things with the aspect of security on our maritime space.