The Abuja-Kaduna railway line, a Standard Gauge Railway, in Nigeria is set to be completed by December this year according to the country’s Minister of Transport, Idris Umar.
The Minister also confirmed that the project is now at about 85% of completion, adding that the construction of Lagos–lbadan standard gauge (double track) 2 x180km has also been awarded as part of measures to boost the country’s rail transportation sector.
It was also confirmed that the rehabilitation of the 1,124km western line (Lagos-Kano) is complete and the section is now operational, whereas work is gradually on-going at the Eastern line- Port Harcourt–Maiduguri 1,657km. Port Harcourt– Jos Station and the branch line from Kafanchan to Kaduna set to be completed by the end of August this year.
The Federal Ministry of Transport will also help to revive and rejuvenate the Nigerian Railway system for the haulage of goods and carriage of passengers. The feasibility study of the rail system will increase use of inland waterways in order to stimulate economic activities, enhancement of maritime safety and security, as well as good welfare system for the staff, among others.
There is also the provision of automated access control system that will prevent intruders’ access to the premises. The system will involve vehicle underground scanners being installed at the entrance gate.
The project begun in the year 2010 and the contract was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction. It is expected to cost US$849m.