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Port-Harcourt – Aba rail line to now commence operations in April 2024 – FG

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The Federal Government has announced the postponement of the commencement date for the operation of train services on the Port-Harcourt-Aba section of the Port-Harcourt to Maiduguri narrow gauge line to April 2024.

The Port Harcourt-Aba rail project, which is part of the larger Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail project, and initiated by former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, was meant to commence operations by the end of March 2024.

This was made known by the Minister for Transportation, Senator Saidu Alkali, on Friday, March 29, 2024, shortly after inspecting the reconstructed rail tracks.

Alkali, who expressed regret over the postponement and appealed for patience, said this was due to the delay by the contractor handling the project, adding that it would deliver it in April.

He also directed the contractor handling the project to ensure that the rail line was linked to the Port Harcourt and Onne ports in the state.

The minister further noted that the President Tinubu-led Federal government was serious and committed to delivering all ongoing projects across the country.

On the Calabar-Enugu-Abuja standard gauge rail line, which was also awarded by the past administration, the Minister said efforts were ongoing to finalise the funding.

He, however, disclosed that the Ibadan to Abuja section of the standard gauge rail line was currently being sorted out by the government.

He advised the public to remain calm and support the government as it remained resolute to bringing succour to the people.

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