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