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FG signs MoU with Russia on rail modernisation in Nigeria

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and the CEO/Chairman, Joint Stock Company Russian Railway, Oleg Belozerov. during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the joint Stock Company Russian Railway and Federal Ministry of Transportation of the Federal Republic of  Nigeria, in Sochi Russia.


The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with Russia for the development and modernisation of rail infrastructure in
Nigeria.

The MoU, which was signed by the Honourable Minister of Transportation,
Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, also involves rehabilitation of the existing Nigerian
Railway Corporation (NRC) rolling stock-fleet and upgrading of workshops across
the country.


Two Russian firms: Russian Joint Stock Company Russian Railway (JSCRR)
and Transmash Holding, a private rolling stock manufacturing company are
involved in the MoU.

Signing the agreement with the CEO/Chairman, Joint Stock Company Russian
Railway, Oleg Belozerov, and the CEO Transmash Holding, Mr. Kirill Lipa, during
the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Amaechi said this would boost and fast track
the construction of the rail manufacturing company in Nigeria.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Government gave the Chinese Civil
Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) the nod to establish a rail
manufacturing plant in the country.

The Minister reiterated that the present administration led by President
Muhammadu Buhari was determined to ensure the development of a standard rail
infrastructure in line with best practices. 

He also noted that before the end of December, Nigeria would receive 20
locomotives and wagons, which would be used for the railway services on
Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja-Kaduna and Itakpe-Warri rail lines.


Credit: Israel Ibeleme

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