Promise: Complete Eastern Rail (Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri) taking the network through Aba, all South East state capitals, Makurdi, Jos, Bauchi and Gombe
April 30, 2022

FG Commences rehabilitation and reconstruction of Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri Rail [Eastern] project

Promise: Complete Eastern Rail (Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri) taking the network through Aba, all South East state capitals, Makurdi, Jos, Bauchi and Gombe

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The eastern rail project is sponsored by the federal government and will link Port Harcourt through Aba, Enugu, Makurdi, Plateau, Bauchi, and Yobe up until Maiduguri.

The project aims to link the South-South, South-East and North-Eastern part of Nigeria through a rail transportation network which is believed to improve socio-economic activities between the regions. China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) will undertake the project and it is valued at about $3bn and measures 1,443km 1,067 mm narrow gauge rail line.

A news report quoted the Minister of Transportation: “What they are doing here is a reconstruction so I expect that the formation work should have been very significant. Clearing should have gotten to Imo River if we must get to the target of Enugu by September."

The eastern rail project has been inaugurated for construction by the government but the inability of the government to secure full funding for the project and the contractor’s slow pace of work threaten the completion of the project before the current administration's tenure runs out. Therefore this promise will be rated “In the works”.

In light of this, the progress and status of the promise will continue to be tracked.

References:

Chris Agabi. “Nigeria: Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Rail - Work to Reach Enugu in Sept - Govt”, Daily Trust 11 April, 2022. https://allafrica.com/stories/202204110502.html, accessed 26, April 2022.
Williams Anuku. “FG commences 2044.1km Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri rail project”. Daily Post 10 April, 2022. https://dailypost.ng/2022/04/10/fg-commences-2044-1km-port-harcourt-maiduguri-rail-project/, accessed 26, April 2022.