By G9ija

Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, has said the railway will make transportation of goods faster, adding that roads will last longer and be less congested.

Amaechi, who stated this during the “Good Morning Nigeria” show on NTA 24, noted that fixing the Railway system will answer most of Nigeria’s transportation challenges.

According to him, “About 30 million tons of goods get to Kano and Kaduna from Lagos annually and over 90% of the goods are transported by road, saying that with the railway in place, transportation of good will not only be faster, roads will last longer and less congested.”

He said, “When we took over from the previous government, we met the Abuja-Kaduna railway at 80% completion, but nearly abandoned, we had to address the issues, complete the project and commission it for usage within one year.

“We then commenced the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway and the Itakpe-Warri railway. If you go to Agbor yard, you will see the huge investment in the yard.

“We have put the president on notice that we are ready to commission the Lagos-Ibadan railway by April, probably, since we have democracy day in May, he may wish to commission it in May,” Amaechi said.

The transportation minister also highlighted improvements in the maritime sector, lamenting that the slow pace of development of infrastructure in the sector is caused by lack of funds.

“If you want to govern Nigeria, you need to impose orderliness; you need to put in place law and order. And all that has been successfully done in the maritime sector.

“The next thing is infrastructure, which is a bit slow because we don’t have all the funds. We have the Port Harcourt Seaport, the Onne Seaport and even the Tincan.”