The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday lead by the President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Eastern Narrow Gauge. The cost of the project was set at $3.02bn.
The decision was made at the weekly meeting of the council, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The former Governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi further told reporters that the FEC had approved the construction of a deep Seaport at Bonny and a railway industrial park in Port Harcourt, both in Rivers State at the cost of $703.1m. READ ALSO: Buhari Celebrates Rotimi Amaechi On 55th Birthday
He, however, noted that the two projects wouldn’t be financed by the Federal Government rather funded through a Public-Private Partnership arrangement. He said the industrial park would gulp $241.2m while the Bonny Deep Seaport will gulp $461.9m.
The minister explained, “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 Federal Government, will cost $241,154,389.31. The Bonny deep seaport will cost $461,924,369, at no cost to the Federal Government.
“The Port Harcourt-Maiduguri narrow gauge railway will have new branch lines: from Port Harcourt to Bonny and from Port Harcourt to Owerri are new lines.
“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.”
Still, on PPP, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the council approved the establishment of the Nigeria Correctional Service Shoe, Garment, and Leather Processing Factories in Aba, Abia State as well as Janguza, Kano State.
“The benefit, beside the employment of Nigerians, is the opportunity for training of the inmates of our correctional facilities in Janguza, Kano State and Aba in Abia State.
“The contract for full business skills compliance certificate is given to Messrs LG Investment Limited, a Nigerian company which is partnering with a Chinese company, Full Technology Incorporated from Beijing, China,” he said.