The Federal Government will reconstruct the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi said on Monday.
The entire stretch of the rail line will be rebuilt, he said, adding that a railway industrial park in Port Harcourt will be part of the design.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has also approved two new seaports – one in Bonny, Rivers State and the other in Warri, Delta State.
A statement by Amaechi’s Media Office said he spoke at a forum in Lagos yesterday.
He said: “We will provide railway from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri. The President has assured me. We are discussing and an announcement would be made on the project soon.
The minister said the Lagos-Kano rail was capable of moving 30 million tons of cargo; the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri line will move 11 million tons of cargo when completed.
Amaechi added that the Warri-Itakpe rail line was the first standard gauge in Nigeria.