The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Tuesday announced the federal government plans to construct rail lines that will link Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto states.
Amaechi who announced this during his courtesy visit to the Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, at the state’s in government house said this was in the bid to boost economic activities through effective transportation network
Amaechi said the proposal was being worked on and that it will be taken forward for approval once completed it.
“The President wants every state to be linked with railway in order to ease the movement of goods and persons in the country. Once we conclude the technical aspect it will be taken to the president for approval. The three states in these routes are Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto,” he said.
The Minister reaffirmed the commitment of the government in ensuring that all parts of the country is connected through rail lines.
“I know what will interest you now is what we are doing on railway .Every Nigerian wants railway in their home town, “he added, reassuring that no region will be left out in the current efforts of government to connect the entire nation.
Amaechi commended the government of Sokoto for hosting the 15th National Council of Transportation, stating that “the need for efficient transport system in the country is long overdue as it will contribute greatly in reviving the Nigerian economy.
In his address, the Governor of Sokoto, Aminu. Tambuwal urged the federal government to install scanners at the Sokoto airport to ensure safety of passengers in the airport.
“Our airport is without scanners, we believe we need some scanners to be installed at the airports to safety purposes and proper checking of passengers”. He said.
He also commended the federal government for hosting the Council’s meeting in Sokoto, adding that “an efficient transport sector is critical to the development of the country”.