President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, September 17 2018, gave a directive for the provision of rail infrastructure at all the ports in the country to boost socio-economic activities nationwide.
Buhari announced this when he declared open the International Association of Ports and Harbour’s Africa Regional Conference in Abuja.
The President expressed the Federal Government’s commitment to rebuilding infrastructure that would complement the means of transportation from the ports to the hinterland.
He said: “We understand that this inter-connectivity will improve the country’s economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
“So for starters, I have directed that every port must have the complement of rail infrastructure.
“Our projection is that by the end of year 2021, we will have standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route.
“The same level of serious attention is being given to the improvement of road infrastructure.”