The federal government has awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the 200-kilometre Minna to Baro narrow standard rail line with extension to Baro Port in Niger State to the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation at the cost of N80.6 billion.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, who announced this at the kick-off of the contract at a meeting with the contractors in Minna Friday, said the rehabilitation was expected to be completed in three years.
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“We are here for the award of the project of the rail track from Minna to Baro with extension to Baro Port.
“We want to make sure that the project is properly executed to the delight of the people and Nigeria in general.
“The job will be regularly monitored and supervised to ensure that quality job is done,” Okhiria said.
Engr. Okhiria said the contractors have already been mobilised to commence the work in order to complete the rehabilitation within the stipulated time, noting that the rail line would connect seven railway stations in Badeggi, Lafiagi, Katcha, Minna, Kataeregi, Egba and Baro.
He said if completed, the rail line would boost economic activities in the state as it will connect many communities.