FG postpones launch of Port Harcourt-Aba train service

The Federal Government, FG, has pushed back the commencement date of the Port Harcourt-Aba train service to April, from the originally anticipated end of March.

Saidu Alkali, the Minister of Transportation, revealed this to press after viewing the restored railway tracks in Port Harcourt on Friday.

Alkali voiced concern with the delay, pointing out that the contractor had promised to complete the project by April.

“This is my second time visit to Port Harcourt to inspect the progress of the (Port Harcourt-Aba) railway line since assuming office as the Minister of Transportation.

“The contractor initially committed to a March start date, but during track inspections, they made some observations necessitating the extension of the start date to April.

“The contractor has now committed to an April launch for the Port Harcourt to Aba railway services,” he said.

Alkali said that measures were also being taken to connect both Port Harcourt and Onne seaports to the Port Harcourt to Aba rail track.

“We are not satisfied over the failure of the contractor to deliver the work on the agreed deadline.

“The contractor promised delivery of the project by March, but if they can deliver it in April, then I think that we can manage that.

“We started with the 15 per cent component in fixing the Port Harcourt to Aba rail section, but we now, focussing on linking the line to Port Harcourt and Onne Ports,” he explained.

The minister assured of President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to completing all ongoing projects across the country.

Regarding the Calabar-Enugu-Abuja gauge rail line awarded by the previous administration, Alkali mentioned ongoing efforts to finalize project financing.

“We are currently making all arrangements for the finances, and as soon as the finance is ready, the project will commence.

“We are dedicated to delivering all projects in all parts of the country,” he affirmed.

Alkali noted that work on the Ibadan to Abuja standard gauge rail line was progressing, urging public patience and support successful project delivery.

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