FG completes 63-kilometer Port Harcourt-Aba railway project

The Federal Government announced on Wednesday that it had completed the 63-kilometer Port Harcourt-Aba railway project.

The Port Harcourt-Aba project is part of the larger Port Harcourt-Maiduguri railroad project initiated by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fidet Okhiria, managing director of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), revealed this information while leading a delegation to inspect the project.

He said train services would commence in a few months as soon as the finishing touches are completed on the tracks.

“The project from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri is not yet completed. They (contractors) are working in phases, and they have laid tracks up to Aba. We are so anxious to commence operation, therefore, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, directed us to come and inspect the project so that we can plan ahead of the operations.”

“We inspected from Port Harcourt to Aba, and we can confirm the main tracks have reached Aba in Abia,” he said.

Mr Okhiria said that the contractors were still installing loops and sidelines so that rail services could start immediately.

“As we speak, you can put a locomotive on the track to Aba, but that will not be good enough for commercial purposes, hence, we are working hard to resume operations.”

“We are looking to start operations within months, and we have drawn out a timeline. If we don’t start running on the track, it will go bad, and vandals will take possession.”

The managing director assured that the federal government would complete the laying of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail tracks within three years.

Source: Peoples Gazette

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