News FEC approves $3bn for the reconstruction of Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri railway

FEC approves $3bn for the reconstruction of Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri railway

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The federal executive council (FEC) has approved the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri narrow gauge rail line valued at $3 billion ‘N1.1 trn’.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who made this known while briefing State House correspondents after the 18th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) said new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities were approved as well.

According to the minister, the rail line will have new branches from Port Harcourt to Bonny and from Port Harcourt to Owerri.

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Amaechi added that the government also approved a new deep seaport in Bonny and a railway industrial park in Port Harcourt, both in Rivers State.

He said;

“The federal executive council has approved the award of contracts for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri eastern narrow gauge railway, with new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities.”

“The council also approved the construction of a new deep seaport in Bonny, under PPP and the construction of a railway industrial park in Port Harcourt.

“The railway line will be at the cost of $3,020,279,549. The industrial park, which is under PPP, at no cost to the federal government, will cost $241,154,389.31.

“The Bonny deep seaport will cost $461,924,369, at no cost to the federal government.

“There is another connecting to narrow gauge to standard gauge at Kafanchan. There is a branch line from Gombe or before Maiduguri to Damaturu and Gashau.”


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