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Old December 14th, 2006, 02:31 PM   #1
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NIGERIA | Railways

By John Ighodaro
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

CALABAR—The Cross River State government has signed a $25million contract agreement for an initial 12kilometre Mono Rail Project in Calabar.


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The project which is expected to be completed within a year will link the Margraret Ekpo International Airport with the Tinapa Business Resort and Free Zone,to ease vehicular traffic of tourists from the Calabar metropolis when Tinapa officially opens.

The state government signed the contract with Africa Export Import Bank (AFREXIM Bank) at the Governor's Office in Calabar.

Governor Donald Duke in a remark after the agreement had been signed said the ceremony was yet another signpost of the state government's irreversible commitment to the development of TINAPA into a world class business and leisure resort.

His words: "This Mono Rail link is being put inplace to ensure continued free movement of vehicular traffic within the Calabar metropolis regardless of the expected inflow of over 3 million visitors annually to TINAPA.

"The rail gives added value to both the TINAPA Resort and the modern development of the Calabar metropolis because it will ensure that visitors to and from the resort are transported by a direct light rail link under 15 minutes to and from the airport. Needless to add that we are also laying today the foundation for the expansion, in the near future,of this initial 12-kilometre line into a public lightrail system that links various parts of the fast-growing Calabar Metropolis and helps to take some of the inevitable pressure off Calabar Cityroads, Duke added.

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Old September 9th, 2013, 12:08 PM   #2
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Nigeria: PDP Crisis - We Know How to Handle Defectors, Factional Members - - Ortom, Minister of Industry
BY JIMOH BABATUNDE, 8 SEPTEMBER 2013

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We inherited the problems in power, in rail transportation. For instance, when I was growing up as a kid, I travelled from Makurdi to Port Harcourt by train, but the rail system today has collapsed, and we have invested heavily and you can see the result.

There is no way we can have successful transportation without the railway. It is impossible; this is why our roads are collapsing, because heavy equipment, machineries and goods that should be transported through railway are transported by road

So, government is committed to solving the problem.

What I am saying is that we are on course, the government is performing.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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A humming of a sort is audible from the country's railway sector. Coming from the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) and other authorised channels,the buzz word today is that the railway is back. However, the reality for most Nigerians is that the railway as they knew it in its glorious era is not anywhere in sight.

That the railway system remains largely colonial in all ramifications ought to be a huge cause for concern, even shame, for us all. Suffice it to say that the situation calls for sober reflection and emergency action beyond the official photo-calls those in charge have made of it.

Since billions of dollars have been spent on the rail system over the last seven years without commensurate improvement, it would not be far-fetched to surmise that the promised railways revitalisation scheme has become a veritable corruption trough through which the country is being bled dry. What happened to the $2 billion earmarked for the construction of high-speed rail system from Lagos to Abuja, light rail lines to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport from Lagos city and to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport from the Abuja city centre? What has been the status of these projects since the federal government under President Olusegun Obasanjo signed a memorandum of understanding with the Guangdong Xinguang International Group on March 16, 2006, to build them? How many trips have the NRC made on the purportedly revitalised Lagos-Kano intercity train services since it claimed the service started running on December 12, 2012? The same question could be posed on the Lagos-Ilorin and Minna-Kano train services.

Very little transformation is possible in a country lacking an efficient transport system built on a robust multi-modal approach. Nigeria cannot continue to play the ostrich and hide its head in the sand. A modern, efficient railway system will take pressure off the country's groaning road network, create direct and ancillary jobs, foster unity and stimulate economic growth, moving people, goods and services nationwide. Currently, the country's railways infrastructure constrains the masses in several needless ways, stifling their entrepreneurial potential. An environment conducive for legitimate enterprise is a duty of every responsible government to its citizens. Consequently, we demand a functional and modern rail system for Nigerians. Since the government-driven rail sector has apparently failed the nation, we demand a private sector-controlled railway system for the country. To usher in this new age in the sector, we urge the National Assembly to abrogate all extant legislations closing up the sector to other participants and liberalise it. Under this fresh beginning, governments may only provide the tracks and related infrastructure while specified coaches as well as day-to-day running of the services and maintenance should be concessioned to the private sector with a commission regulating the sector.

For far too long, the rail sector has become a bottomless pit into which national resources are fraudulently, frivolously and endlessly emptied. This should stop forthwith.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 01:39 PM   #4
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Dreamer's thread in African Business & Infrastructure forum:
Discussion: Lagos-Accra-(Abidjan) high speed rail
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1651524
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Old May 9th, 2014, 09:38 AM   #5
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China Railway Construction Corporation has agreed to construct a high-speed railway in Nigeria in a deal worth $13.1bn. An agreement was signed by China Railway unit China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and the Nigerian Government, with the aim to develop fast rail and other infrastructure projects in Africa.
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Old May 9th, 2014, 10:08 AM   #6
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Although for Africa a speed of 120km/h is fast (way above average), it's really an exaggeration to call it "High Speed".
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Old May 13th, 2014, 02:21 PM   #7
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China to build Nigerian coastal railway
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NIGERIA's Federal Ministry of Transport signed a $US 13.1bn framework contract with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on May 6 for construction of the 650km coastal railway from Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, to Port Harcourt, Benin City, and Lagos.

The deal was announced by CCECC's parent company China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) at the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges.

The new line will have a single-track length of 1385km with trains running at up to 120km/h. The 22-station line will cross 10 of Nigeria's 36 states, including the oil producing Niger Delta region.

In the last 20 years, Chinese companies have built and upgraded around 4500km of railway in Nigeria
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 03:37 PM   #8
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Nigeria invites companies to prequalify for rehabilitation projects
Thursday, May 22, 2014



NIGERIAN Railway Corporation (NRC) is inviting contractors and consultants to prequalify by June 9 for a range of contracts to rehabilitate the railway as part of the federal government's Railway Rehabilitation Programme.

The projects which will be funded from NRC's 2014 budget cover several areas:
  • procurement of tools, equipment and materials for emergency repairs and maintenance of tracks
  • emergency repair and maintenance of track, bridges and culverts
  • renovation or upgrading of stations and other buildings, together with associated facilities.
  • facilities management
  • provision of project management consultancy services
  • training and development of human resources
  • procurement of 1067mm-gauge and standard-gauge locomotives, coaches, wagons, railway inspection vehicles and cranes
  • rehabilitation of 1067mm-gauge locomotives, coaches, wagons, railway inspection vehicles and cranes
  • procurement of rolling stock consumables and spare parts, and
  • procurement or rehabilitation and installation of equipment for mechanical/electrical, signalling and telecoms, security, ICT facilities
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 01:42 AM   #9
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Nigeria has Railroads?
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Old December 4th, 2014, 05:23 PM   #10
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Track laying complete to Nigerian capital
Thursday, December 04, 2014



THE final section of track has been laid on the first railway to serve Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Services on the 186.5km standard-gauge from Abuja north to Kaduna will start in February 2015

"We have a 25-year strategic vision for the development of the Nigerian railway," said Nigeria's transport minister Mr Idris Umar at a ceremony on December 1 to mark the completion of track laying. "It is our intention that every state in the country will be connected to rail."

The $US 850m project has been implemented by China Railway Construction Corporation, and is the second line of Nigeria's new standard-gauge network to be built. The line has nine stations, a design speed of 150km/h, and connects with the existing 1067mm-gauge network at Kaduna
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Nigeria has Railroads?
Its Africa's largest economy, so yes one would expect Nigeria to have railroads.

A lot of African countries have railroads FYI.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 04:36 PM   #12
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Upgrading of Nigerian main line completed
Tuesday, December 23, 2014



ESER, a group of Turkish companies, has handed back the 243km Port Harcourt – Enugu line to Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC) following the completion of a project to upgrade the southern section of the main line to Kaduna

According to Mr Ilhan Adiloglu, president of Eser Holdings, the company is the first of the contractors appointed by NRC to rehabilitate the 1067mm-gauge railway. Eser is also rehabilitating the 220km Enugu – Makurdi section, which will be completed in early 2015.

Eser says the rehabilitation works have been performed under very challenging conditions. At the beginning of the contract, just after equipment had been mobilised at a ballast quarry owned by NRC, another company claimed rights over the quarry license and blocked access to the site. To get round the problem and avoid delaying the work, Eser had to purchase ballast from elsewhere at a much higher cost

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Its Africa's largest economy, so yes one would expect Nigeria to have railroads.

A lot of African countries have railroads FYI.
In fact, very few African countries don't have railroads of some sort.
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For all the classifying of high speed rail and what are the speeds Nigerias first new greenfield standard gauge line ( Abuja to Kaduna ) is impressive in my mind. There are no level road crossings but rather overpasses to highways . In my Canada you don't have this. 120 to 150 km per hour passenger service is rare if not practically non existent . Looking at the three you tube videos of the now completed Abuja to Kaduna line it looks like Nigeria is on the way to a world classed rail system IMHO. double and triple lanes of standard gauge in front of the Abuja to Kaduna stations looks like smaller local dayliner could shuttle passengers to stations where the Express trains would board passengers. Very impressive to this developed country person which could only wish for that type of rail service
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In fact, very few African countries don't have railroads of some sort.
A lot of african countries in fact do have railways, but then some people dont bother to look up the infrastructure of a country, while they have access to the internet. Just cause a country is in Africa, doesn't mean they dont have railways smh.....
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Privatisation bill for Nigerian railways approved
Monday, February 16, 2015



NIGERIA's Federal Executive Council has approved the Nigerian Railway Authority Bill 2014, which will open up railway operations to the private sector and relinquish government control of railway infrastructure, which dates back to the 1957 Railway Act

The bill allows the private sector to build, operate and maintain the 3557km of 1067mm-gauge infrastructure which is currently the guise of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC). The bill has been sent to the National Assembly for debate and final approval before it is implemented

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Ogun State Intercity Rail Mass Transit agreement signed
08 May 2015



NIGERIA: A contract for the construction of a 334 km rail network in the southwestern state of Ogun was signed by the state government and China Railway Construction Corp’s China Civil Engineering Construction Co Nigeria subsidiary of on April 27.

The cost of the Nigeria Ogun State Intercity Rail Mass Transit Project is estimated at US$3·51bn. CCECC said ‘financing for the project has not been finally implemented’, and the final price is still to be determined through negotiations. The state government said a contractor-finance arrangement is envisaged

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