The Hon. Minister of Transportation, ENGR. MU’AZU JAJI SAMBO has described the Railway modernization embarked upon by the PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI administration as unprecedented in the history of this country.

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He stated this in Port-Harcourt today 2nd September 2022 while inspecting the ongoing reconstruction of the Eastern Railway Line spanning through Port-Harcourt, Aba, Umuahia, Enugu, Makurdi, Bauchi, Gombe up to Maiduguri.

According to the Hon. Minister, this administration is committed to making lives easier for Nigerians and nothing will change that commitment. 

On the speed of the project, Engr. Sambo said that a lot of background works are going on and these cannot be physically seen. He listed some of his backgrounds works to include securing finance, procuring and shipment of equipment and so many other things. He reminded members of the press that the project is being funded 85% by the Chinese and 15% by the Nigerian Government, adding that there was no iota of truth in the rumors that the funds for the project have been diverted. He however called on the contractors (CCECC) to speed up work on the corridor so as to meet up with the set deadline. 

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The Hon. Minister also called on journalists to be fair and balanced in their reports so as to keep the public abreast with the factual situation of things. 

He also said that while the evil ones are working against the progress of this administration in the area of Railway infrastructural development, the Federal government will continue to increase efforts toward actualizing its developmental goals for the good of the people. He equally added that all those apprehended for vandalizing and sabotaging the government’s efforts shall be made to face the full wrought of the law. 

Also present during the inspection was the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, The Railway District Manager Eastern District, Mr. Mohammed M. Ibrahim, Directors from the Ministry of Transportation, Management of the contracting firm, CCECC, the consultant handling the project, heads of other sister agencies under the Federal Ministry of Transportation, and a host of other dignitaries.