The Abuja – Kaduna railway service will be boosted by additional rolling stock on Thursday and will be able to handle one million commuters annually, President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed. The President announced this in an address to the nation in Abuja on Monday to mark the beginning of 2018.
He also announced that negotiations would be concluded in the first part of 2018 for the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri railway line covering Aba, Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Awka, Abakaliki, Makurdi, Lafia, Jos, Bauchi, Gombe, Yola and Damaturu. He said the Abuja to Itakpe railway line would go through Baro and terminate in Warri with construction of a new seaport at Warri.
According to the president, negotiations are also advanced for the construction of other railway lines, “first from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic, passing through Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibia to Maradi.