The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by
Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, approved N551.8 million for the construction of
national freight office in Jibia, Katsina State.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Ameachi,
disclosed this when he, along with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr
Babatunde Fashola, briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the
Council’s meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
According to him, the national freight office is
usually located at border posts and Jibia is between Katsina State and Niger
On Lagos – Ibadan rail project, the minister expressed
the hope that it would be completed by June/July 2019
“We believe that by next year, we will begin to
encourage those who transport by trucks between Lagos and Ibadan to use the
“We believe that before the end of June, we will start
running from January but, we may not be able to carry enough cargo, we will be
able to do that by June/July.
“At that point, most of the trucks carrying cargo,
going to Ibadan, must be on the rail so that we can save the Lagos/Ibadan road.