The federal government is committed to developing the seaport economy and determined to link all the country’s major seaports to railway to ease the movement of goods from the seaports.
The minister of transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, who stated this at a shipping and oil and gas investors’ forum in Lagos recently said that his ministry was working to re-connect the country’s railway with the seaports in a bid to boost economic activities.
He said that President Muhamadu Buhari’s resolve to diversify the economy had brought to the front burner the need to implement the inter-modal means of transportation in the country.
“We expect that before June or July, we should begin the process or we should start the construction of the Lagos-Kano, and possibly the Lagos-Calabar railway. If those two contracts commence, then we expect that they would generate employment and economic activity would improve,” the minister said.
He explained that the ministry has decided that all of the rail lines must terminate at the seaport so that people can import from any particular place and get their goods on time.