Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi at the flag off of the Port Harcourt to Aba Mass Transit Line.
At the inauguration of Port Harcourt – Aba Mass Transit Train Services in Port Harcourt Amaechi said he never knew that Nigerian had a good railway system.
He said: “In fact, I think we have a problem; most people don’t believe that the railway transport is functioning in Nigeria. I didn’t even know, until I started this tour, I never knew that the railway was functioning, it was even from his (MD’s) speech that I learnt that there are some coaches or services that go to Kano or Port Harcourt or elsewhere.”
“Under the rail modernisation programme, government will open new railway lines to achieve an efficient rail network.
“The Ministry of Transportation has carried out feasibility studies to create seven additional rail corridors of standard gauge railways under the public-private-partnership initiative,” he stated.
However, it seems to be the same trains that former vice president Namadi Sambo on behalf of Goodliuck Jonathan in Makurdi on January 24 commissioned new train service between Makurdi and Port Harcourt, saying that Jonathan has redefined the railway, aviation, road transport.