The ongoing rehabilitation of rail track in the Eastern corridor from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri will be completed latest by December, the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, has said.
“At the moment, we are rehabilitating and indeed we completed over 90 percent of the rehabilitation exercise. We hope that by December this year, substantial portions of this particular important corridor from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri will be completed,” the Minister told journalists at Inkil, Bauchi State, shortly after inspecting the ongoing rehabilitation work.
Umar noted that the only portion that will probably be left will be from Bajoga to Buni Yadi up to Maiduguri, due to the security challenges around Maiduguri.
“We have every assurances from the contractor and all the supervising engineers on site that by the end of November, latest by December this year, the train will start moving from Port Harcourt to Gombe and indeed beyond Gombe,” he said.
Umar however expressed satisfaction over the pace of work and quality offered so far. He said that the corridor had a total of 3,505 kilometres of narrow gauge out of which over 90 percent had been rehabilitated.
Once the rehabilitation us completed, Nigerians will be able to travel by rail from Port Harcourt to Gombe.