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Now, Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge rail line to link Lagos Ports for easy access—Amaechi

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The Minister of Transportation Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi has revealed that the emerging second segment of the Lagos – Kano Standard Gauge Rail System has been redesigned to connect the Lagos Port Complex directly.

Explaining issues at the one-day National Conference on fast-tracking Ports Reforms at Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, Ameachi noted that “efforts were on going by the Government to link Nigerian Ports and Terminals to other modes of transport such as roads, air and rail to help in the realization of our noble objective of providing safe, reliable and efficient intermodal transportation system”.

According to him, Government is in the process of establishment of Integrated Port and Maritime Data Centre which would generate reliable trade data that would be readily available to all agencies, operators and stakeholders at all times eliminating inherent abuses.

Earlier in her address, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman harped on the need to have an efficient rail system in moving agricultural produce and solid minerals from the locations of production which are mostly hinterland to the Nation’s Seaports for export.

She added that there was already a surge in export of agricultural produce as exemplified in frozen shrimps and prawns, sesame seed, cashew, soya beans and ginger amongst others.


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