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We Have Borrowed $2.5 Billion For Lagos-Ibadan Rail From China – FG

We Have Borrowed $2.5 Billion For Lagos-Ibadan Rail From Chi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that the Federal Government has borrowed about $2.5 billion for the construction of the Lagos to Ibadan railway.

The Minister stated this while featuring on Channels Television's ‘Newsnight’ on Monday evening.

“If you look at the whole total cost, it will be $2.5 to $2.6 billion that we have borrowed from China Exim bank,” he said

Amaechi explained that the Federal Government’s decision to extend the rail line to the seaport in Apapa, Lagos is for the economic benefit associated with it.

He added, “But at the end of the day, the project is costing about $2 billion. The government is coughing out more than just $200 million. We are bringing out about $700 million because we have to end the project at the seaport in Apapa which was not part of the original design.

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“So we had to take about 45 kilometers rail from Ebute-Metta into Apapa seaport. Everything together is about $2 billion. There is an additional one they are going to bring to connect Tincan Island Seaport to Apapa. That will be some extra cost which we have to borrow from them.

“They also lent us about $1.4 billion for the Lagos-Ibadan while the Federal Government had to cough out about $200 million to make it $1.6 billion.”

Amaechi noted that the Federal Executive Council had approved the two basic loan facilities proposed by the Ministry of Transportation.

He added that the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan had borrowed $500 million for the Kaduna-Abuja rail line.

He maintained that since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 2015, the rail line “took us about $1 billion so we had to cough out the remaining money.”

“When we came, part of the project was abandoned for the inability of the government to produce the counterpart funding. So, what the government did was to release the counterpart funding and money for the extra work we needed to do.

“We had to buy the locomotives and coaches to enable us to commence commercial activities. For the Kaduna-Abuja, they lent $500 million,” he stated further.

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