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Eastern Railway Project neglect is due to a lack of funding, according to FG

The narrow-gauge eastern railway route would only be finished, according to the Federal Government, after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in May 2023.

The administration claimed that the project had been put on hold because the foreign loans needed to fund it were not available.

The claim that this line will be delivered before this administration ends is no longer attainable, according to the truth. This is because to the project’s significant finance challenges, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, stated following the Federal Executive Meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to reports, the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation would start building the 2044.1-kilometer Port Harcourt–Maiduguri narrow gauge railway project in April 2022.

The project would boost economic activity in the 14 states, including five in the south-east, according to Rotimi Amaechi, the then-transportation minister, who oversaw the start of work.

Amaechi went on to say that the infrastructure might be finished before Buhari leaves office in May 2023, with rail tracks perhaps reaching the capital of Enugu State by September 2022.

Sambo revealed that the project’s contractor, China Civil Engineering and Construction Company, CCECC, had complained of ongoing attacks on its workers near the Abia State axis of the rail line when reviewing the status of the project’s progress in September.

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