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Jonathan hails rail project's global recognition

15 December 2014, 13:18

Abuja - President Goodlock Jonathan welcomed the listing of Interstate High Speed Rail Project amongst the world's top 100 infrastructure projects.

He said the development showed that government efforts to link commercial and administrative capitals is receiving global affirmation.

“I received the news that Nigeria's Interstate High Speed Rail Project has been listed amongst the world's top 100 infrastructure projects with a sense of fulfillment that this administration's desire to link our commercial and administrative capitals is receiving global affirmation," Jonathan said.

Also read: Abuja-Kaduna rail link nears completion

He said coming at a time when the Abuja-Kaduna rail project had reached near completion stage, one could say Nigeria was  witnessing a "railway revolution."

"This Forward March to progress will continue, with your cooperation, until Nigeria's infrastructure, be they roads, schools, airports or hospitals, are listed as amongst the best in the world. And by God's grace, this will happen in the not too distant future,” Jonathan said.

According to local media reports the high speed rail project initiated by the President was rated among the global top 100 world-class infrastructure projects by KPMG, the global audit firm.

The rail will connect Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Warri, Bauchi, Abuja, and Port Harcourt and will cost the country $13 billion.

- CAJ News


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