The Federal Government says it will this July approve funding for the construction of the recently approved high speed rail line connecting Bonny to Port Harcourt.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Ajuri Ngelali, who disclosed this on Sunday via his Twitter handle @AjuriNgelali, said that funding for the rail line will be approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in July, 2020.
He further disclosed that the rail line will accompany the ongoing N120 billion 38 kilometre Bonny-Bodo Road project, and both are expected to be completed by third quarter of 2022.
According to Ngelali, the vision behind these key economic projects was to revolutionize gas distribution in Nigeria and open up Nigeria’s riverine region to massive industrialization.
“Accompanying the new presidentially approved Bonny-Port Harcourt High Speed Rail Line and ahead of schedule for August 2022 completion, this strategic N120bn link from Bonny Island’s NLNG to Nigeria’s mainland will revolutionize gas distribution in Nigeria and open up Nigeria’s riverine region to massive industrialization.
“It involves massive land reclamation with dredgers filling deep and wide creeks, restoring swamp lands to reinforced dry lands as work is going on.
“Because of the marshy wetlands, you will see that these roads are being elevated in a pyramid-like structure with deep, indented drainages on both sides to capture rain run-off all along the 38km road that comes with two new link bridges and a major bridge across Opobo Channel.”