The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Muazu Sambo has appealed to the National Assembly to ensure that funding gaps do not delay the resumption of train services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line.
Mr. Sambo made the appeal while presenting its Ministry’s budget proposal of N92.6bn for 2023 to the joint committee on Land and Transport of the Senate and House of Representatives.
He said there was the need for good surveillance infrastructure and adequate security for normal operations to begin on the rail corridor, noting that swift and smooth approval of the budget proposal will enhance the objective.
The Minister noted that activities were ongoing without hindrance on the Lagos- Ibadan segment of the Lagos -Kano rail corridor and the Warri -Itakpe rail project.
He however observed that overhead passes, and connection to the national grid were some of the impediments delaying the proper operations of services there.
The Transportation Minister also said work was going on at the Port-Harcourt -Maidugri and Kano -Maradi rail lines, with the 15% counterpart funding provided by the Federal Government, while awaiting an 85% loan to be facilitated by the Ministry of Finance.
Reporting by Fubara Pepple; Editing by Marian Benjamin, Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu