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Nigeria Coastal Railway





Name: Nigeria Coastal Railway
Use: Transport
Status: Approved (Feasibility Studies Underway)
States: Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River
Contractor: CCECC
Cost: $13.1 Billion
Gauge: Standard
 

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Nigeria, China Sign $1.3bn Railway Deal

08 May 2014

By Jaiyelola Andrews


The China Railway Construction Corporation Limited has signed a contract for a $13.1 billion railway project with the Ministry of Transport for a coastal railway line that will transverse ten states in Nigeria.

The length of the railway line will be 1,385 kilometres in one-way mileage and a design speed of 120 km/h, including 22 railway stations which would be constructed along the line.

In a statement yesterday, the company said one of its subsidiaries, the China Civil Engineering Group Company, signed the contract and that the two parties were still discussing the details based on the released framework.
Also, briefing State House correspondents at the end of bilateral discussions between both countries, President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed that issues of common interest to both countries such as economic cooperation, trade, political and cultural relations were reviewed between himself and the visiting Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, who is in the country on an official visit.

According to Jonathan, “We are satisfied with the achievements recorded in those fields. We also agreed that the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the strategic partnership between our two countries, coming up in 2015, should be marked to further deepen our relations.

“We undertook to maintain the momentum of exchange of visits at all levels, including between governments, political parties and legislatures in order to promote mutual understanding and trust.”

He said he reiterated Nigeria's commitment to the One-China policy, while the premier expressed firm support for federal government's efforts at safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, as well as promoting economic development.

“We agreed to encourage our bastions, companies to further deepen cooperation in infrastructure development, especially the railways, power plants and airports.

“We also agreed that the economic cooperation zones established by Chinese enterprises in Nigeria have achieved tangible progress and that those enterprises should be encouraged to invest in various fields of the Nigerian economy.

“We further expressed support for the financial institutions of the two countries for cooperation in on-lending to small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria.

“We also undertook that the central banks of the two countries should promote local currency settlements to facilitate bilateral trade and investment.

“At the end of our discussions, our ministers signed a number of bilateral cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding, among them is the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA), which will definitely promote greater people-to-people contact and also enhance bilateral trade and commerce.

“We agreed to deepen cooperation in the field of defence and security and strengthen cooperation in counter terrorism, anti-piracy and combating organised crimes,” the president said.

He noted that the Chinese premier expressed firm support for the government’s efforts at safeguarding Nigeria sovereignty and securing its territorial integrity, as well as promoting economic development.

“The premier promised that China will assist Nigeria in our fight against terror, especially our commitment and efforts to rescue the girls that were taken away from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State," Jonathan added.
Speaking, Keqiang disclosed that both countries agreed to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, financial services, trade and investment, agriculture, air services, aerospace and people-to-people exchange.
He said China was determined to work with Nigeria to ensure the quality and safety of mutual exchange and exports.
“I wish to emphasise that we know that the government and people of Nigeria pay high attention to the coastal rail project in Nigeria.

“The project is quite significant to the national security and economic development of the country. Chinese companies have already shown a key interest in this project and the Chinese government will give support to the cooperation between the two sides of the project in terms of financing and expertise.

“We want to work with Nigeria on the conclusion of the project so that it will bring benefits to the people of Nigeria.
“During my current visit this time to Nigeria, we reached new agreements between our two countries and also the purpose of my visit is to ensure that there will be smooth and solid progress in implementing these agreements.
“We are happy to see that in recent years, there has been very rapid economic growth in Nigeria and Nigeria has become the largest economy in the Africa continent,” the Chinese premier added.

He observed that the Nigerian economy had sustained the upward momentum, saying Nigeria is one of China’s major trading partners in Africa, adding trade between the two countries last year reached about $30.6 billion.
“We hope to see not just more trade between us but also stronger cooperation between the two countries in the development of agriculture in Nigeria.

“During this visit, we will also be a signing cooperation agreement with regards to public health and science and technology,” he concluded.
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This is more or less a politically induced railway route because if we are to link the east and the west with rails the most viable route both in human and cargo movement is one that links the west directly with Onitsha and from to other routes. I see this proposed Coastal railway basically as a south south/ Jonathan set up that excludes most south east states whom constitutes 90% the travelers to and from Lagos.
 

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^^ If you have a look at the road network system of Nigeria, you would realize, that the Southern Niger-Delta is lacking in any major road infrastructure.... unlike other parts of the country.
BTW:this project has been in the pipeline for a long time, and wasn't conceived by the Jonathan administration.
 

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This is more or less a politically induced railway route because if we are to link the east and the west with rails the most viable route both in human and cargo movement is one that links the west directly with Onitsha and from to other routes. I see this proposed Coastal railway basically as a south south/ Jonathan set up that excludes most south east states whom constitutes 90% the travelers to and from Lagos.
The route that was chosen is the most logical as far as costs go.

You cannot really have the railway further South, because of the MASSIVE engineering costs, environmental degredation and not to mention the fact that there are no cities further south. You cannot have the railway further North, because a route of Benin - Asaba - Owerri -Umuahia - Calabar hardly makes any sense.

Port Harcourt, Umuahia, Aba, Enugu, Emuoha are all part of Nigeria's Rail Masterplan and are Cities/LGAs that include "South Easterners".

Rail Routes have to be economical. With time, you can add other branches and connections, but a rail route cannot be deviating everywhere.

Another thing about this Rail Route (and I tracked its movement along its entire route), is that in many parts it is following minor towns/locations but it actually follows the path of Existing Highways! Therefore this railway is instantly interconnected with the rest of the country, because it follows the road system. This also means, that even if a location is not the most bustling, having both a Major highway AND a Major Railway route, surely gives the potential for new economic centres to thrive.

This railway will not only connect major centres, it will create major centres. It has included the most number of participants from Nigeria's makeup in the most economical fashion.
 
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This is more or less a politically induced railway route because if we are to link the east and the west with rails the most viable route both in human and cargo movement is one that links the west directly with Onitsha and from to other routes. I see this proposed Coastal railway basically as a south south/ Jonathan set up that excludes most south east states whom constitutes 90% the travelers to and from Lagos.

well i suppose they could expand the rail line in the future to extend further inland. I'm not sure what the overall rail masterplan for nigeria is in terms of being able to transfer from one rail line to another.


Will Nigeria be funding this primarily through govt funding? If that is the case this project will probably take more than 10 years to complete based on how we know there always tend to be problems with releasing funds for projects.
 

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well i suppose they could expand the rail line in the future to extend further inland. I'm not sure what the overall rail masterplan for nigeria is in terms of being able to transfer from one rail line to another.


Will Nigeria be funding this primarily through govt funding? If that is the case this project will probably take more than 10 years to complete based on how we know there always tend to be problems with releasing funds for projects.
We need like ten more of these sorts of projects. The cities above the coast, the middle belt, the north and the border towns from borno to cross river state could use rails. I hope this is just a start and in future this rail will seem quaint compared to what's created in future
 

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For me, this is one of the best decision the Republic of Nigeria as ever made because its not a vanity project devised by some idiot governor. Instead it has the potential to really drive the Nigerian economy forward. The free movement of people and goods are critical to the advance of any nation.

Kudos to all involve in getting the project to this stage and I hope its seen through and not bug down by bureaucracies and political wrangling.
 

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I don't agree with that portion of his post. Maybe he means it makes less sense as those cities are further from the coast with coastal cities being more active.
Well that argument is subject to debate. In shaping such a line of thought, its important that there's a first hand knowledge of the highlighted destinations or route. Anyone who's familiar with that route would attest to the massive leverage upon which such an initiative could thrive. With massive amounts of student from the four corners of the country navigating their way to Benin city-being a function of the plethora of private and state tertiary institutions-coupled with the fact that Edo state and Benin city in-particular, serves as a link between the south west and the south south( as evident in the implementation of national infrastructure-road, electricity distribution), its a bit perplexing that one could assert that it doesn't make sense. Furthermore, Delta, Imo states are key economic hubs in the south. In truth, very little areas in nigeria wouldn't make "sense" as far as such concepts are concerned. There are massive opportunities in virtually all areas of the country in the face of such infrastructural upgrade.
 

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As a matter of fact it is. The 25year master plan envisages inter-connectivity between all states, state capitals and regions.
 

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For me, this is one of the best decision the Republic of Nigeria as ever made because its not a vanity project devised by some idiot governor. Instead it has the potential to really drive the Nigerian economy forward.
Indeed! As far as I am concerned, this singular initiative represents a critical national infrastructure. Consequently, it should be afforded all necessary support; it's implementation should be expedited to ensure speedy delivery.
 
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