The Federal Government has promised to deliver the Abuja-Kaduna railway for use by Nigerians in December 2014.
Giving the assurance was Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, shortly after the inspection of the rail modernisation project from Idu to Jere project sites in Kaduna State on Friday.
Umar said that the Abuja-Kaduna railway will certainly be completed by the end of this year, as he noted that the project was on course. He also explained that all necessary support required by the contractors handling the project have been provided by the Federal Government in order to ensure that the December 2014 deadline is met.
“Abuja-Kaduna railway is very strategic to Nigeria as a country and to the Government in particular, said Umar, noting also that “we are achieving a very huge milestone in the development of inter-modal transport system in Nigeria”.
He said further that the corridor has reached about 72 per cent completion level and work was going on fine.
“You can see that the work is going on assiduously, the bridges are almost completed so also culverts and overpass bridges among others”.
Umar was accompanied in a train ride from Idu to Gwagwa Karimu Permanent Secretary, Engr. Nebolisa Emodi, Director of Rail and Mass Transit in the ministry, Engr Gafar Bature, the Managing Director of NRC, Engr. Oluwaseyi Sijuade and some top officials in the ministry.