Nigeria’s Transport Minister, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, has declared that the federal government will embark on a massive railway infrastructure development across the country, and that about 250,000 jobs could be created through works on railway lines in 2016.
The minister made the remark yesterday at the end of his tour of transport facilities and agencies in Lagos which took off last week.
During the course of the tour, the minister has toured the Iddo railway facilities, the Lagos seaport, and airport facilities at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and its environs.
While briefing journalists about his findings, the honorable minister reiterated the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s plan to increase the ministry of transport’s contribution to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) from its current 1.41 percent contribution, stressing that the current contribution was not enough. He promised that under his leadership the ministry would do more to raise the sector’s contribution.
“The railways has suffered significant neglect even though it is the cheapest mode of transportation. The current state of railway is an indication of severe neglect and it is a chaotic situation, with government spending without any return on investment.
“Government will focus on railway to encourage mass transit and cargo freights by railway. The current government is planning massive investment into the standard gauge which constructions will begin in 2016, with the Calabar-Lagos coastal railway.”