Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has commissioned the train service that was completed by the previous government of Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Port Harcourt – Aba Mass Transit Train Services in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Amaechi said he was not aware of the railways system put in place by Jonathan.
He said: “In fact, I think we have a problem; most people don’t believe that the railway transport is functioning in Nigeria. I didn’t even know, until I started this tour, I never knew that the railway was functioning, it was even from his (MD’s) speech that I learnt that there are some coaches or services that go to Kano or Port Harcourt or elsewhere.
“This initiative is aimed at remodelling and redevelopment of our major railway stations within the country.
“Under the rail modernisation programme, government will open new railway lines to achieve an efficient rail network.
“The Ministry of Transportation has carried out feasibility studies to create seven additional rail corridors of standard gauge railways under the public-private-partnership initiative.”
Here are photos from the commissioning below:
It would be recalled that former Vice President, Namadi Sambo had on Saturday, January 24, 2015 commissioned a similar rail system along the Markurdi-Port Harcourt axis on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan.
See photos from Sambo’s commissioning below: