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Buhari Gives Directive: Connect all 36 state capitals with rail

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the directive that all the 36 state capitals should be connected with rail in the ongoing railway projects.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated that the central rail line project connecting several communities of northern and southern Nigeria would be completed by June, next year.

He said 17 coaches are expected to arrive in November and out of the number, 10 will be deployed to Abuja-Kaduna rail line while the remaining seven will be deployed to the Itakpe-Warri rail line.

Amaechi said that part of the money being requested now for approval by the senate was to execute the rail projects covering Kano-Kaduna, and Lagos-Ibadan networks.

The minister disclosed this on Thursday at a meeting with the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Shehu Sani.

The meeting, also attended by Ministers of Finance; Budget and National Planning; and Power, Works and Housing, was in connection with President Buhari’s loan request of 5.5 billion dollars.

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