The Federal Government of Nigeria is currently seeking a loan of about US $40bn to US $46bn to complete some ongoing rail projects and embark on new ones. This is according to Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi.
“I think the rail sector is doing fine. The first aspect of it , which is the narrow gauge is where we are not doing much. We are not doing much in the sense that we are negotiating with General Electric, GE to renovate the narrow gauge and manage it under concession,” he said.
The concession will see GE invest in the narrow gauge rail system that traverses almost the entire country.
Additionally, according to Minister Amaechi, one trunk of the rail line starts from Lagos and goes through several states like Ogun, Oyo, Kwara, Niger and Kaduna down to Kano while another trunk starts from Port Harcourt through Abia , Enugu, Benue , Nasarawa , Plateau , Bauchi and Gombe states and terminates in Maiduguri .
Meanwhile, on the new rail lines, work is in progress on the Lagos to Ibadan rail, which is part of the Lagos to Kaduna.
On the dry Inland Port, President Buhari revealed that the one of Plateau will be commissioned by end of April, 2018. He added that, Dry port projects are mainly handled by private investors, so there is nothing much the government can do about it.
Regarding the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, the project is scheduled for completion before the end of 2018.