The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the vigour by which the Federal Government is pushing to connect the country through its ongoing rail projects should not be misconstrued as a ploy to sway Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Minister stated this when he visited the ongoing construction corridor of the Kano-Kaduna rail project in Yako Area Council of Kuri Local Government Area, Kano State.
Amaechi said it is the responsibility of the government to provide infrastructure – something the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has committed itself to do.
According to the Minister, “I have told people, don’t politicise railway project; don’t make it look as if there are political motives behind the construction.
“As a government, we are determined to deliver on projects once the resources are there. “
Speaking on the issue of compensation, the Minister said all affected lands belonging to individuals or otherwise had been fully settled.
On the reason for the inspection, Amaechi said: “We are here basically to find out whether Messrs. China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) has commenced work and how far they have gone because they have a target of completing this at the end of next year (2022) or in the first quarter of the other year (2023)”.
The Minister speaking further noted that the initial project design and cost for the Kano-Kaduna rail project to Federal Executive Council was for the construction of a single track, but it directed it should be double track as is the case with Lagos-Ibadan.