The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, approved the sum of $461,924,369 for the construction of a deep seaport at Bonny Island.

Confirming this was the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the 18th virtual meeting of the Council.

Amaechi said that FEC meeting also approved the award of contracts for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri eastern narrow gauge railway, with new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities.

“The Federal Executive Council has approved the award of contract for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri Eastern Narrow Gauge Railway, with new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities.

It also approved the construction of a deep seaport in Bonny under PPP (public private partnership) and construction of a railway industrial park in Port Harcourt. The railway line will be at the cost of $3,020,279,549. The industrial park, which is under PPP, at no cost to federal government, will cost $241,154,389.31.

The Bonny deep seaport will cost $461,924,369, at no cost to the federal government, while the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri narrow gauge railway will have new branch lines: from Port Harcourt to Bonny and from Port Harcourt to Owerri are new lines.

There is another connecting the narrow gauge to standard gauge at Kafanchan. There is a branch line from Gombe or before Maiduguri to Damaturu and Gashua. That’s what has been approved.”

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