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FG Signs MoU on Warri-Abuja Rail Project

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PIC.19. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (L) EXCHANGING A SIGNED AGREEMENT FOR THE COMPLETION OF WARRI-ALADJA- ITAPKE-AJAOKUTA-BARO-ABUJA (CENTRAL) RAILWAY LINE WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT, CHINESE RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (CRCC), CHEN XIAO XING (2ND-L), AT THE AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY IN ABUJA ON FRIDAY (12/8/16). WITH THEM FROM RIGHT ARE: DIRECTOR OF CRCC, DOU YISUO; DIRECTOR OF RAIL TRANSPORT, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION, MOHAMMED BABKOBI AND LEGAL OFFICER OF THE MINISTRY, IJEOMA UCHE.  THE AGREEMENT IS TO COMPLETE AND EXTEND THE CENTRAL RAILWAY LINE TO WARRI TOWN, PORT AND REFINERY; AND TO EXTEND IT NORTHWARD FROM EGANYI-JAKURA-BARO TO ABUJA. 5658/12/8/2016/BJO/NAN

MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (L) EXCHANGING A SIGNED AGREEMENT FOR THE COMPLETION OF WARRI-ALADJA- ITAPKE-AJAOKUTA-BARO-ABUJA (CENTRAL) RAILWAY LINE WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT, CHINESE RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (CRCC), CHEN XIAO XING (2ND-L) 5658/12/8/2016/BJO/NAN

The Federal Government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) on the completion of Warri-Ajaokuta-Itakpe-Baro-Abuja railway line.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, signed the agreement on behalf of the Federal Government while Chen Xiao Xing, Vice President of CRCC, signed for the company in Abuja.

Amaechi said that the central railway line was the backbone of rail transportation in Nigeria, adding that the agreement was for its completion and extension to Warri town, port and refinery.

He said the rail would extend northward from Eganyi-Jakura-Baro to Abuja.

The minister said the agreement included the construction and expansion of Warri Port, Deep Sea Port as well as the Industrial Park at Bonny Island.

“The central line is one of the most important rail lines that we have in Nigeria and I will be glad if we can partner with your corporation; we will commence negotiation once we get the approval from the president. It is part of the economic corridor in Nigeria where we have solid minerals, we have been working on that line for a long time and we will like to complete it,” Amaechi said.

Earlier, Xing said that it was a privilege to sign the agreement on the rail project.

He said that for Nigeria’s economy to grow, it must reduce importation and focus on industrialization which would lead to economic and social development.

“It is a privilege to be here again with the Minister of Transportation to sign MoU of this Ajaokuta – Abuja rail line, extending from Aladja to Warri Port, which was built 30 years ago but was not operational.

For Nigeria’s economy to take-off, it must reduce importation because industrialisation is very important for economic and social development.

If this project is completed in three years, other industries will develop,” said the CRCC boss.

He described Nigeria and China as strategic partners.

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3 Comments

  1. Oversabi

    August 13, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Just asking, which commodity will be transported between Waffi and the north? This is the kind of context we need to believe peeps are still able to access their thinking faculties in this admin. It is helpful to bring us along. We want to know what manner of commerce the government has plans for so that some of us hustlers can start prepping.

    • artklub

      August 13, 2016 at 8:44 am

      they won’t announce anything until they have shared all the contracts amongst themselves….but go to the ministry website and read press releases, there are usually clues…

  2. Ifeanyi

    August 13, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    @Oversabi
    I worked as an Intern at the National Iron Mining Compnay (Itakpe) in Kogi State for 6 Months. They mine Iron ore from these mountains – Itakpe and Ajabanoko to feed the Delta Steel Company and the Ajaokuta Steel Company also in Kogi to make steel

    To get the full value of the project, these iron ore concentrate needs to be transported via Rail from Itakep in Kogi State to Delta Steel Company in Warri and Ajaokuta Steel company. Companies can buy iron and steel concentrate from them to build products such as spoons, nails, zinc e.t.c

    The ones for export would be linked via Abuja International Airport to the rest of the World. If you knew the volume of iron concentrate we are talking about…you would know Road transportation cannot cut it…

    This a Laudable Project. It would unlock the Value-chain potential of the Iron-Steel Commodity market for the Country.. Companies would spring up to convert these commodities from its raw form to creating products…This is the only way to create Jobs!!!

    We have a Country to Build.

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