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Nigerian railway modernization project north to south from Lagos Kano, a total length of 1315 km, the contract total $ 8.3 billion, all using Chinese construction standards implemented in phases. The first section of the project to connect the capital Abuja and Kaduna, the state capital, a total length of 186.5 km, the use of Chinese Class I railroad design standards. A total of nine stations along the route, a top speed of 150 kilometers an investment of about $ 850 million, providing $ 500 million concessional loan from the Export-Import Bank China. Works on February 19, 2013 officially started construction.

"The first section of the main projects completed on schedule, not only for the end of 2014 to achieve the full range of the first paved section of the project has laid a solid foundation for promoting a more effective implementation of the Nigerian Railway Modernization Project segmented the same time, it also promoted the modernization of the railway network in Nigeria planning and construction, accelerate the Nigerian people in the early realization of the dream to have a modern railway. "China Railway Construction Group chairman Liu Zhiming said Turkey.

Hu Zhen Yi, vice president of China Railway Construction Corporation, said the successful completion of the first section of the project, representatives of Chinese enterprises in the survey and railway projects in Nigeria, design, construction contract fully meet the standards laid for the subsequent paragraphs railway construction is very solid foundation.

Nigeria is Africa's largest economy large and populous country, the development of much-needed modernization of the country's railway network. But Nigeria's existing railway or narrow gauge railway built last century Englishman, most have long abandoned. Movement of people and goods has been greatly restricted.

"After the opening of the first section of the project, take the train from Abuja to Kaduna can be shortened from the original 3 hours to about one hour, will greatly improve Abuja, Niger State and Kaduna State between the three highway traffic congestion situation for people to travel and greatly facilitate the flow of goods. "China Railway Construction Group said deputy general manager of Turkey, Nigeria after comprehensive modernization of the railway opened to traffic, the more than 80 million tons of cargo, passenger traffic nearly 100 million people.

"Abuja to Kaduna construction output in the success of the Chinese railway technology standards, it is also driving the equipment, materials, Chinese construction machinery exports about $ 200 million, the next step will be required to operate Nigeria's procurement from China locomotive vehicles. "Liu Zhiming said that during the construction of the first paragraph has to absorb and train local staff of more than 5,000 people, after the completion of traffic, but also to provide more than 5,000 local jobs.
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I am a bit concerned though by the last paragraph stating that Nigeria will be looking to procure Chinese rollingstock, the last time the NRC procured Chinese rollingstock! The Chinese gave no technical support and the fleet was grounded!

But I guess that was THEN! the Chinese today, do work closer with us and as a matter of fact in the Military, the Chinese in Wuhan have allowed us to complete one of the OPVs we ordered in Nigeria and we will also be manufacturing Chinese MRAPs in Nigeria! So perhaps we can have a similar technical engagement with the railways! Hopefully things have changed in this field as well!

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FG Says It Will Extend Rail Line From Kano To Katsina

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured the people of Katsina State that his administration would extend the rail line from Kano to the state to allow for easy movement of goods and people within the two states.

The President who spoke in response to requests made by the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman when he paid him a courtesy visit in his palace, on Thursday, said if government must provide reliable means of transportation to over its 170 million Nigerians, it must link all major cities including Katsina to the rail line.

"I assure you that the federal government will include that project even if it was not yet in our projection. We believe that for the government to provide mass transit to over 170 million Nigerians, it needs to extend rail network linking all the major cities including Katsina.," he said.

The President pointed out that the federal government is currently targeting to reach all the state capitals in the country with rail lines adding that this would assist to reduce the costs of petrol to Nigerians and enhance socio-economic in the country.

He assured that the federal government would develop the Zobe water project to provide drinking water to people and enhance agricultural activities in the area adding that agriculture was one of the areas where government can create wealth to create and guarantee food security.

On the Windmill power project at Lambar-rimi, the President said that project was not directly under the federal, but it would ensure that project was completed within a short period of time.

The President thanked the emir and other political and spiritual leaders for the relative peace in the state, adding that the trouble makers also wanted to destabilize the state but were stopped by all stakeholders.

He also commended the giant strides of Shema in education, saying education was the only way people could be liberated, noted that it is for this reason that his administration had started the Almajirai model school and the Federal University in Dutsinma.

Speaking earlier, the Emir called on the President to extend rail line to Katsina from Kano state, complete Zobe water project and restart the Windmill Power project at Rimi local government area which was stopped because the man in charge was kidnapped.

As part of his 2-day state visit to Katsina state, the President also inspected a multi-million Naira Youth Craft Village constructed to train the young ones from the State on technical and woodwork, arts and craft among others.

The training centre consists of GSM Workshop, Computers Repairs, maintenance and Networking centre and film production training unit.

Also at the training centre were, fashion designing, sowing and knitting centre, carpentry and woodwork, shoe making, catering, baking and confectionery and auto mechanic school.

The President also took out time to visit the NYSC Orientation Camp sharing boundary with the Youth Craft Village.

President jonathan also inspected the 35,000 capacity Karkanda stadium at the heart of the city.

The project which started in 1989 was said to have been abandoned by the miltary regime before the Shema took up the project in 2007.

The stadium is equipped with flood lightings, electronic score board, public address system and relaxation spots.

The pitch made of live and hybrid synthetic turf is said to be heat resistant and has high drainage capacity and high shock absorption capacity.
 

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Abuja-Kaduna Standard Guage Rail Line 85% Complete, Says Transport Minister​

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The Abuja-Kaduna Standard Gauge Rail Modernisation Project is 85 per cent completed, the Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, said Saturday.

Mr. Umar announced this in Doko, Kaduna State, at a ceremony to mark the attainment of 100km of track-laying for the railway modernisation project.

The Vice President, Namadi Sambo, launched the track-laying at Idu, Abuja, in July 2013.

“Today, in less than one year, the construction has attained over 100km out of 186km. In the next three months, the track will be completed.

“All the materials required are already on ground to achieve the completion and availability of the rail line”, the minister said.

He said the major constraints encountered in the construction were in Abuja and had been overcome.

He said the constraints of water interference at kilometre 19 and some estates built along the rail line in Kubwa were resolved.

Mr. Umar urged the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC, handling the project to continue with the zeal and determination with which they started.

The Project Manager, CCECC, James Li, said there had been steady progress in the construction of the rail line since the commencement of the track-laying.

He said earthwork site clearing had been done and devoid of obstructions or existing structures; while cutting, including rock blasting and filling were at advanced stages.

“About 185 km of the 186.5km route distance has been cleared, 8,597,000m of earth excavated, 403,000m of rock blasted and 6,064,000m of earth filling done.

“Sub structural works have now been completed on all the 26 railway bridges while all the five box bridges have also been fully completed.

“Also 13 out of more than 30 over-pass bridges have been completed while work is in progress on 16 others”, Mr. Li said.

He said construction has started on 203 out of the scheduled 206 railway culverts while preparation work was in progress for the commencement of remaining three culverts.

He said more than 330,000 pieces of concrete sleepers had been pre-cast while the required 348 pieces of pre-cast T-beams had been produced.

Mr. Li noted that the track laying had reached advanced stage of 110km of track panel laid and 47,356m ballast distributed.

According to the project manager, work has started fully on the seven of the required nine station buildings. (NAN)
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Federal Executive Council Wednesday approved N1.3bn for standard rail feasibility study on six rail lines.

The approval of the contractual sum was announce by Minister of Information, Labaran Maku shortly after the weekly FEC meeting while briefing State House Correspondents jointly with Transpot Minister, Idris Umar, as well as Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Olusegun Aganga .

On his part, Umar told journalists that how viable the project will be, and its economic gains in the selected rails corridors was part of the contract.

Both rail stations and environmental impact in the selected rail corridors, were also part of the feasibility study.

According to the minister, the six rail lines will cover 4430 kilometers, with 6 months completion period.

He listed the corridors as Kano/ Dai/Jimbia an approximate distance of 354KM, Ilela/Sokoto/Jega / Kontagora, 408km, Aba/ Ikot Ekpene/ Itu/ Uyo / Uduopkani/Calabr, covering a total distance of 340km, Kano/ Nguru/ Geshua/ Damaturu/ Maiduguri/ gamburu Ngala, covering 707 Km, Calabar/ Ikom/ Obudu/ Ogoja/ Katsina Ala/ Wukari/ Jalingo/Yola/ Maiduguri 1669km.

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So who will update wiki on Nigerian rail network. There doesn't seem to be a place with comprehensive info on the improvements made
 

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Reviving Nigeria’s railways: The Jonathan approach

July 11, 2014
By Sani Adamu, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

To most analysts, President Goodluck Jonathan’s name will be written in gold for his administration’s pragmatic efforts at reviving the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) which has been comatose for nearly 30 years.


A moving train on the 68 percent completed railway track of the Abuja - Kaduna fast train project launched by Vice President Namadi Sambo in Abuja​

They note that the feat is even more evident with the president’s recent inauguration of two Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) train sets and six air-conditioned passengers’ coaches at the NRC terminus in Lagos.

The president, who was represented by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, said that the inauguration of the coaches had signaled the commencement of the 25-year transport sector development plan for the country.

“This is part of the concerted efforts of our administration to steadily improve the railway rolling stock. It is the beginning. Within the next few months, more rolling stocks will be delivered.

“My presence here today is to further show the full resolve of this administration to bring Nigeria at par with modern railway services available globally by constantly upgrading our rolling stock.

“The ongoing railway rehabilitation will continue, because of adequate funding from regular budget and SURE-P intervention.

“The step is aimed at resuscitating and revitalising Nigerian railway which had suffered neglect for decades,” Jonathan said.

He said that the strategic transformation project included the rehabilitation of the existing narrow gauge, the construction of new standard gauge rail line and maintenance.

“ With the support of the Senate Committee on Land Transport, the House of Representatives Committee on Land Transport and the efforts of the NRC management, the goal will be realised,” he said.

Echoing the president’s optimism, the Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar, assured that most of the rail transport projects across the country would be completed by the end of the year.

“I wish to assure the President, the Vice-President and all Nigerians of our determination to ensure the completion of ongoing railway projects across the country, “ he said.

Besides, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the Chairman, NRC Board of Directors, attributed the economic development of any nation to the effective and functional operation of the rail system.

“The survival and indeed the extent of development of any economy depend very significantly on the extent of development and efficiency of its transportation system.

“Our intention is to improve on the infrastructure of the NRC to ensure it increases passengers and freight movements, “ he said.

In the same vein, Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, said new trains and coaches would improve the transport system in the state for the benefit of all residents.

Fashola, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said the state needed rail infrastructure for its teeming population.

“It is a very welcome development to our nation, Nigeria and to the Centre of Excellence, Lagos State. No doubt, we require this infrastructure.

“We appreciate it and we will continue to give every moral support that the corporation requires as we now have complementary services in the transport system of Lagos State, “ the governor said.

Shedding more light on the progress so far achieved in the railway transformation agenda, Mr Adeseyi Sijuwade, the Managing Director of NRC, also said that significant part of the Eastern Line rehabilitation would be completed by the third quarter of 2014.

“The corporation would continue to pursue its vision, mission, and core values to attain its mandate of carriage of passengers and goods in a manner that is safe, reliable and affordable,” he said.

The Jonathan’s administration also inaugurated the revitalised Lagos-Jebba rail lines, a project which cost the government over N12 billion.

To add value to the initiative, the NRC had also launched its Mass Transit Train Service (MTTS) in Lagos.

Available records show that the corporation has deployed 11 trains, carrying close to 15,000 passengers daily within the Lagos metropolis.

Commuters say the introduction of the intra-city train service in Lagos has reduced the cost of transportation in the area.


For instance, a returned trip from Agege – Ebute Metta under the MTTS now costs less than N150, as against the more than N1,000 it would have cost by taxi, while it now costs about N180 only by train service from Lagos to Abeokuta.

The resuscitation of the train service has also reduced the cost of transportation from Lagos to Kano, which now costs less than N1,800 as against between N4,000 and N5,000 by car or bus.

Industry watchers also believe that the completion of Lagos-Maiduguri standard gauge will make it cheaper and faster to move goods and services from Lagos to the north-eastern part of the country.

The Federal Government also signed a N67 billion contract for the rehabilitation of the 2,119 kilometres three Eastern rail lines.

This comprises the 463 km rail line from Port Harcourt to Makurdi; 1,016 km rail line from Makurdi to Kuru, including spur line to Jos and Kafanchan; and 640 km rail line from Kuru to Maiduguri.

Available records showed that appreciable progress had been made in the completion of the 1,657km Eastern line from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri.

Besides, the administration says it has also procured 25 new locomotives from General Electric and refurbished 366 coaches and wagons, among others.

This is in addition to the 20 units of oil tank wagons, five railroad emergency vehicles, 60 tonnes overhead workshop cranes and three rail inspection vehicles.

Records further showed that the Iddo terminus station, Ebute Metta junction station, Ilorin station, Kaduna junction station, Kano station, Port Harcourt station, Enugu station, Jos station and Gombe station were also being remodeled.

Vice-President Namadi Sambo, recently performed the official track laying of the Abuja-Kaduna fast train line, signifying the complete modernisation of the railway system in the country.

Sambo, who performed the ceremony at the Idu area of Abuja, said that the project was part of President Goodluck Jonathan’s people oriented projects aimed at touching the lives of Nigerians.

According to him, the funding of the project was enhanced through the SURE-P.

He said that the project was also co-funded with the 500 million dollars concessionary loan from China Exim Bank.

“Therefore in our efforts to ensure adequate funding for the Transformation Agenda, government has created the enabling environment for the private sector to play significant roles.

‘’This administration is determined to concession the railway facilities upon completion.

‘’Similarly, opportunities abound for Foreign Direct Investments in this important sector,” he said.

Sambo commended Messrs China Civil Engineering & Construction Company (CCECC) Nigeria Limited, the project handlers for its efforts at ensuring timely completion of the project.

Throwing more light on the project, Umar said that the project was part of the strategic plan to rejuvenate, modernise and revitalise the rail transport system.

According to him, the Kaduna-Abuja rail project is the first segment of the Lagos to Kano standard gauge rail line, adding that when completed and operational it will enable people to live in Kaduna and work in Abuja.

He said that the project had reached 68 per cent completion, including earthworks, hydraulic structures, railway bridges; box bridges; precast T-beams for bridges; and over pass bridges.

Umar said that seven new standard gauge lines were also being proposed under the Public-Private Partnership arrangement.

He listed them as the 322km Lagos-Benin City line, 500km Benin-Abakiliki line, 673km Benin- Obudu Cattle Ranch line, 615km Lagos-Abuja high speed line, 520km Zaria-Birnin- Koni line, 533km Ega nyi-Otukpo and the Ega nyi-Abuja line.

Umar assured that the Abuja-Kaduna railway project would be completed by December 2014.

On challenges facing the project, the minister said that efforts were being made to ensure that the two major constraints- water interference at km 19, and certain estates built along the rail lines at Kubwa were addressed by the relevant authorities in the FCT.

On his part, Mr Shi Hongbing, the Managing Director of CCECC, assured that the project would be completed on schedule.

He also said that the project had employed over 4,000 Nigerians and would on completion, provide jobs for over 5,000 Nigerians who would be trained in various skills relating to the operations and maintenance of facilities.

To further complete the modernisation of the railways, the Federal Government had also earmarked more than N10 billion from its 2014 SURE-P share to fast-track the completion of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit project.

Appraising the progress of work so far, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sen. Bala Mohammed, said that the project would cost the government more than 823 million dollars.

This, he said, would cover the cost of final design and construction of Lots 1 and 3, respectively, which is approximately 60.67 kilometres.

To ensure its early completion, the minister said that the Federal Government had obtained a concessional loan of 500 million dollars from the China Exim Bank.

According to him, an estimated 700,000 passengers are projected to ride the Abuja Light Rail (ALR) on daily basis, when the first phase of the project takes off in 2015.

Nonetheless, analysts have advised the government to allow more private sector participation in the railway modernisation programme in order to ensure sustainability.

They note that more pragmatic efforts should be intensified to link the FCT and neighbouring states with standard gauge lines, while the ongoing light rail project should be extended to the satellite towns, particularly Nyanya, Mararaba and Karu to reduce vehicular gridlock.
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I wonder how long before we build a MAGLEV rail line. It better not be too long 'cos that's the way the world is headed.




Maglev train, Japan.
 

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FEC approves N1.1Billion contract for Locomotives.​

October 08, 2014 / in News 5:25 pm

By Ben Agande, Abuja.

The Federal Executive Council Thursday approved a N1.1Billion for the design, manufacture and commissioning of 2 new diesel locomotive for the standard gauge Nigerian railway corporation line from Kaduna to Abuja.

Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar who addressed state House correspondents at the end of the meeting wednesday said the two locomotives are to be used for mass transport services on the Abuja- Kaduna standard gauge rail line which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

According to the Minister, the scope of work for the contract include: the design and manufacturing of 2 number diesel electric locomotives with a capacity of 2800 kilowatts for standard gauge tracks; training of 30 personnel for the Nigerian railway corporation on operation and maintenance of the locomotives; commissioning and test running in Nigeria, as well as one year maintenance and technical support with two resident technicians.
Senator Umar said “government is fully committed to the revival of the Nigerian railway corporation. we are working assiduously to see the completion of the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge line.


This is the first batch of the rolling stock that we are acquiring. specifically the locomotives to be used for the transportation of passengers and indeed freight from Abuja to Kaduna and Vice Versa” he said.

The Minister said that the Federal government would place orders for more locomotives next year.

He noted that while government is working to ensure that the country’s rail system was modernised,”we are also working to see to the completion of the rehabilitation of the narrow gauge lines so as to have complementary services.

“In the long run when we achieve total development of the standard gauge, the narrow gauge will be dedicated mainly for freight, but as it is we have to continue to work hand in hand for both gauges to be operational until such a time when Nigeria attains that level where we have in place the standard gauge rail tracks and then the rail system, we can now dedicate the standard gauge lines for freight” the minister said.
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I wonder how long before we build a MAGLEV rail line. It better not be too long 'cos that's the way the world is headed.



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You're going to be waiting a while. Japan--currently the world leader in maglev technology--expects its first long-distance maglev line, Chūō Shinkansen, to become operational between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, and Osaka by 2045.
 

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You're going to be waiting a while. Japan--currently the world leader in maglev technology--expects its first long-distance maglev line, Chūō Shinkansen, to become operational between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, and Osaka by 2045.
I thought it was Germany:?

But it's expensive and there are health concerns about MAGLEV lines. So that's far off into this distant future for even wealthier countries talk less of Nigeria.
 

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I thought it was Germany:?

But it's expensive and there are health concerns about MAGLEV lines. So that's far off into this distant future for even wealthier countries talk less of Nigeria.
Germany has tested the technology, and the transrapid train based off of it is currently in use connecting Shanghai Pudong Airport to the city, but that's it. Japan is the first to plan an extensive intercity maglev line. :yes: And probably will be the only for a while given the cost unless China steps up to the challenge.
 

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Dont try and run before you can walk. Normal standard gauge is fine at the moment.

I dont even agree witg Morocco making TGV
 

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Dont try and run before you can walk. Normal standard gauge is fine at the moment.

I dont even agree witg Morocco making TGV
Excuse me but we HAVE been ''walking'' - if that's what you mean by operating conventional rail lines - for close on 70 years. There's nothing to learn there.
 

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Kaduna Standard gauge rail line to be completed in December


October 23, 2014

The Minister of Transport, Senator Idiris Umar, said this in Abuja at the 2014 Ministerial Press briefing on the programmes and projects of the ministry and its agencies. He said the ministry has been working in the past two years to provide the nation alternative transport system with the railway.

He said that out of the projected 187.5km rail line, the ministry has achieved 155 km, adding that the remaining 32 km would be completed and delivered by the end of this year.

He said that the Abuja-Kaduna standard guage rail project was funded with the $500 million facilities from the China Exim Bank.

Also, he said that the construction and the rehabilitation of Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri standard guage rail line would be completed by the second quarter of 2015, adding that the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard guage (double track) 2 x 180km had been awarded and would commence as soon as funding arrangement is concluded. He said the ministry has also awarded rehabilitation contracts to the tune of N1.616 trillion covering 1,796 km rail lines.

“These include the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan 180km standard guage valued at $1.53 billion, awarded to CCECC Nig. Ltd; the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri standard guage line covering 274km, awarded to Julius Berger at a cost of N33.1 billion; the Lagos-Kano modernisation rail project, awarded to CCECC Nig. Ltd. at a cost of $8.3 billion covering 1,342.50km, out of which $257.4 million has been paid by the federal government.

Through the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC and with the administration’s determination to revive and modernise the railway system in line with the 25-year strategic vision to bring back the railways to remove the pressure on roads, the rail lines are getting renewed attention, which was unprecedented since the 1980s.”


Giving further update on ministry’s achievements, Senator Umar said the main target was to connect the six geopolitical zones via speed rails so as to make transportation of persons and goods easier and less stressful.”

He said the number of passengers’ conveyed by rail line increased from 4,155,988 in 2012 to 4,328,789 in 2013 with a projection of over 5,000,000 passengers by the end of 2014.

“This was as a result of increased stabilisation of the tracks after completion of rehabilitation of the Western line.

“The target set for delivery of freight and passenger services in 2013 were substantially achieved. More coaches and wagons are required to meet the high demands for the service”, the minister said.
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China Railway Construction Corp signs $12bn deal to build Nigerian railway
A state-owned Chinese company has signed a $12 billion agreement to build a railway along Nigeria's coast that it billed as China's single largest overseas contract, state media reports.

China Railway Construction Corp. Ltd. (CRCC) signed the official construction contract with the Nigerian government on Wednesday in Abuja, the Xinhua news agency said.

The Nigerian railway will stretch for 1,402 kilometres (871 miles) along the coast, linking Lagos, the financial capital of Africa's largest economy and leading oil producer, and Calabar in the east, according to the report.

The $11.97 billion deal marks China's largest single overseas contract project so far, it said, citing CRCC.

The news came two weeks after Mexico cancelled a $3.75 billion bullet train deal only days after it was signed with a Chinese-led consortium headed by CRCC -- the sole bidder -- reportedly due to concerns about transparency.

CRCC chairman Meng Fengchao said the Nigeria project will adopt Chinese technological standards and lead to $4 billion-worth of Chinese exports of construction machinery, trains, steel products and other equipment, Xinhua said.

It will create up to 200,000 local jobs during the construction and a further 30,000 positions once the line is operational, he said.

"It is a mutually beneficial project," Meng was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Trains will travel at a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour on the link, the report added.

China has dramatically stepped up its presence on the African continent in recent decades as it seeks more resources and new markets for its economy.

Trade between China and Nigeria totalled $13.6 billion last year.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promised more investment and more Chinese technical expertise during a visit earlier this year.
http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2...orp-signs-12bn-deal-to-build-nigerian-railway
 

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It seems the coastal railway line from lagos to calabar was not a joke afterall. I wish they were getting chinese loans to build it then that way i would be sure it will be done.
 

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But the article did not say how the project will be financed, can someone please find out about the financing, Because if its going to come from the FG then it is a loss cause.

If the chinese finance it through loans or bonds etc, then it will get built, for they will have the ready money they need directly without encunmerences,the technology and materials to make it happen.
 

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I found this on FT very interesting.....

"The Xinhua report did not mention whether the Nigerian contract was underpinned by funding from China Development Bank or other Beijing-backed lenders. Such financial support is typically included in contracts secured by Chinese companies in developing markets.
Last year, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visited Beijing, where he oversaw the signing of a $1.1bn low-interest loan agreement to fund infrastructure development in his country".


http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/259e9c42-7098-11e4-8113-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3JeEZGyTN
 
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