The Federal Government is set to ban the transportation of certain heavy cargoes by road across the country once the construction and rehabilitation of major railways are completed.
This was announced by Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, during a panel session on infrastructure development and financing at an event organised by Deloitte on Nigeria Economic Outlook 2020 in Lagos.
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According to Amaechi, the transfer of the movement of certain cargoes by rail is important in order to enable the roads last longer.
“As soon as we finish these rail projects, there are some types of cargo that will not go on road, whether you like it or not,” he said.
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The minister also disclosed that the price for train passengers will be subsided but did not provide such assurances for cargo transportation by rail.
“No matter what we charge, it will not be the same as what we charge you on goods,” he said.
Amaechi said the movement of goods would be faster when they were moved by railways than roads, which would also be time-saving for businesses.
“When the FG does rail projects, it is the job of the state governments to do roads to (connect to) the different railway stations,” he added.