Funds regional rail projects, FG tells govs

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, charged state governments in various geopolitical zones to pull funds together and develop railways in their regions to improve trade and regional integration.

It gave the charge at the 2023 Inauguration and Orientation Summit of the Nigeria Transportation Commissioners’ Forum, which had the theme, ‘Dynamics of a Smart Transportation System: The National and Sub-National Outlook.’

In his address at the summit, the Minister of Transportation, Sa’idu Alkali, said state governments should partner with each other to develop their transportation infrastructure, as this would go a long way in addressing concerns in the sector.

Alkali, who was represented by a director in the transportation ministry, Musa Ibrahim, said this effort could be towards establishing a sustainable public transport and mass transit by the geopolitical zone, where they could have about 200 electric vehicles or CNG/LNG buses.

He told the commissioners that it was crucial to remember that after the elections and political campaigns, government officials must think outside the box.

The minister also noted that the Federal Government was poised to connect all the seaports by rail, as well as connecting the airports and dry ports across the country by rail lines.

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