The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo has listed insecurity and vandalism of railway properties along the corridor as the reasons for the suspension of work on Port Harcourt-Maidugiri Eastern rail line.
Sambo said China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCEC), the contractor handling the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the project has complained of attacks on its workers along the Abia State axis.
The minister while speaking during the ministerial inspection tour of the project, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, condemned it in strong terms, pointing out that in the history of Nigeria, no administration has invested more in rail infrastructure like the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He used the opportunity to call on the media and the judiciary to collaborate with the Ministry to ensure that these economic saboteurs are not only exposed but prosecuted and sentenced speedily to serve as deterrent to others.
On the issue that funds meant for the Eastern rail line is diverted to other projects, the Minister said it was fake news as the progress made so far is from the 15 percent of the counterpart funding by Nigeria while the 85 percent to be provided by foreign partners is still negotiated.