Promise: Complete Coastal Rail(Lagos-Calabar)
April 4, 2022

Inability to Secure Funding Threatens Lagos-Calabar Rail

Promise: Complete Coastal Rail(Lagos-Calabar)

Musa Zayyad
Musa Zayyad
Last Updated
April 5, 2022
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Rail transportation is one of the most neglected sectors of transportation in Nigeria since gaining independence in 1960, over the years the government has paid some attention to the development of rail infrastructure in the country, the completion of Kaduna-Abuja rail, Warri-Itakpe rail and Lagos-Ibadan rail are notable achievements of the government in revitalizing the rail sector. Part of the government Blueprint for rail transportation in the country is the Lagos-Calabar coastal rail project.

In the Next-level agenda of President Buhari, he promised to complete the Coastal rail project to link the south-west city of Lagos with the South-South city of Calabar by rail, the project which is expected to gulp $11billion will include 22 railway stations is also taking into account auxiliary facilities, installation of safety systems and level crossings.

Williams reported that “Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed stated on 4th August 2021 that the FEC has given the approval to commence the Lagos-Calabar Coastal rail, adding that the route is very important because, after the Lagos-Kano route, the Lagos-Calabar Coastal route will link all the coastal cities in the country. Actually, the proposed route alignment is as follows; it will go from Lagos to Sagamu, Sagamu to Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu-Ode to Ore, Ore to Benin City, Benin-City to Sapele, Sapele to Warri, Warri to Yenogoa, Yenegoa to Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt to Aba, Aba to Uyo, Uyo to Calabar, Calabar to Akamkpa to Ikom, Obudu Ranch with branch lines from Benin-City to Agbo, Ogwashi-ukwu, Asaba, Onitsha and Onitsha Bridge and then Port Harcourt to Onne Deep Sea Port. This particular route is very important, especially for our coastal economy; the cost of the project is 11. 17 billion dollars and the project is expected to be completed in six years.”

The reality of the project is that loan funding has not been secured and it is not included in the 2022 budget which points to the conclusion that the project will not be initiated this year, the approval by FEC has not translated into action on the field.

Even though the government has approved the commencement of the project the inability of the government to secure funding for the project has hampered the progress thereby jeopardizing the promise made by the president.

This promise is rated stalled.


Wiliam Ukpe “FEC approves $11.17 billion Lagos-Calabar rail to link Nigeria’s coastal cities”. Nairmetrics, 5 Aug. 2021, accessed 30 March 2022.