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Why Does The Rail Modernisation Project Exclude The South-East And The South-South?

The plans for the modernisation of old railway lines seem to suggest that it'll take place primarily in the SW and the the North. I see no mention of any South Eastern or South Southern routes, is there a reason for this? May someone please shed some light on this?

Nigeria, China sign rail modernisation contract

From Nkechi Onyedika, Abuja

THE Federal Government has signed a $875 million contract with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for modernisation of 186 kilometres Phase 1, Segment 1 of rail lines transversing Abuja (Idu) to Kaduna.

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The project, which is to be completed within three years, has Messrs TEAM Nig. Ltd. as consultants and would be financed with a $500 million concessionary loan from the Chinese government.

Speaking at the ceremony yesterday in Abuja, the Minister of Transport, Alhaji Isa Bio, stated that due to the total neglect of the rail sector, the services deteriorated abysmally.

He noted that to revamp the sector, the immediate past administration adopted a holistic approach by commissioning a team of reputable international and local consultants to produce a 25-year development plan for the modernisation of the Nigerian Railways.

He stressed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration embarked on the implementation of the plan by awarding a contract for the modernisation of the Nigerian Railways Project, Phase 1: Lagos-Kano to Messrs CCECC at a cost of $8.3 billion.

Bio, however, observed that due to the huge cost of the project and the absence of a funding plan, the present administration decided to review the project while President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to re-negotiate and re-scope the project.

This, according to him, culminated in the re-scoping of the project into five segments on "Stand-Alone Basis," with its separate project and the segments that include: Lagos - Ibadan; Ibadan - Ilorin; Ilorin - Minna; Abuja - Kaduna (Link Line); and Minna - Kano.

In his remarks, China's Ambassador to Nigeria, Xu Jianguo, described the railway modernisation project as an important vehicle for the actualisation of the Federal Government's Seven Point Agenda.

He assured that the Chinese government would ensure that it was of international standard and delivered on schedule.

Speaking on behalf of CCECC, Zhou Tianxian, said the project was very critical and would bring economic and social benefits to Nigeria.

http://odili.net/news/source/2009/oct/27/35.html

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If you paid close attention you would have seen the clear direction of the debate. Lagos to Kano is for the FED Government NOT lagos state, Lagos state has their own blue line and red line railway kicking off which is PPP(public private partnership). What i was implying is that East govts if they feel so marginalized should start doing what Lagos has done by working around fed govt.

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@Bluetooth,U are an with no opinion,just shut the hell up if U ve nothing intelligent to say.

@Sjeezy,

Of all the lots studying abroad,U are the most unintelligent(that's if realy U re studying abroad),i strongly doubt U re a student abroad,U lack perspectives and intelligence the way U in the way U discuss,U just talk any how with no class and persuasion.

@Poster,

U are not the only one asking that question,how come there's a plan,first phase or not and there's no mention of any SS or SE routes.Even if they claim it's the first phase,my question is,what are the criteria for the selection of those other routes mostly in states that don't have much economic importance,I mean besides lagos and Kano,which of those other state rout can claim to have more need or deserves it better than commercial areas in the SE like Aba,Onitsha,Nnewi or even Enugu the coal city,or even oil producing states in SS States like Portharcourt or even Asaba.No1 can possibly argue that there is more movement of ppl in north-sw routes than there's in SE-SW, SE-SW or SS-SW routes.

Obviously the selection was done purely on some silly rigional sentiments.first phase indeed! As if there is truely going to be another phase.

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here we go again. this threads have a family theme.

my ethnic group has done more than yours, no my ethnic group does much more.

get over it people.

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Whats the argument and ? does it have to do with D topic?

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^^ obviously you feel oil is the be-all and do-all.

Hence your inability to fathom the fact that despite oil, the govt still wasnt in a hurry to construct a railroad directly from the Niger Delta to the north.

or maybe you're typing in shock.

anyway, just for your education- they still have to bring the existing rail network into consideration before new construction begins.

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@Bluetooth,U are an with no opinion,just shut the hell up if U ve nothing intelligent to say.

@Sjeezy,

Of all the lots studying abroad,U are the most unintelligent(that's if realy U re studying abroad),i strongly doubt U re a student abroad,U lack perspectives and intelligence the way U in the way U discuss,U just talk any how with no class and persuasion.

@Poster,

U are not the only one asking that question,how come there's a plan,first phase or not and there's no mention of any SS or SE routes.Even if they claim it's the first phase,my question is,what are the criteria for the selection of those other routes mostly in states that don't have much economic importance,I mean besides lagos and Kano,which of those other state rout can claim to have more need or deserves it better than commercial areas in the SE like Aba,Onitsha,Nnewi or even Enugu the coal city,or even oil producing states in SS States like Portharcourt or even Asaba.No1 can possibly argue that there is more movement of ppl in north-sw ro

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lagos was a slave port, and not this story you're cooking up here.

True, there was interaction between Benin, Dahomey and Ghana, hence Lagos was a desirable prize for all three.

The Portuguese established slave ports all along the west African coast, and lagos was one of them.

Dahomey means In Da's belly.

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How can it be privately funded when Lagos line connects to Kano? Think please.

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during military rule in Nigeria, governors are appointed to states outside their ethnic origin. If a Yoruba man is the governor of Imo state, does that mean Yorubas founded Imo.

People in lagos predated 1600 when Ashipa supposedly ruled.

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Wasn't Dahomey named Benin because it was on the Bight of Benin?

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lets not derail the thread

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Working around the FG, by privately funding projects.

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Lagos was a part of the Edo empire. It founded as an army garrison to oversee the Republic of Benin (named after Benin City, Togo and some Ghanaian areas).

Isn't it interesting that the Republic of Benin is named after Benin City? Even its former name, Dahomey was the name of an Edo General (Isi Dahomen), he was Ishan.

The Oba of Lagos is descended from Benin. Even today, the Oba of Benin still sends Chiefs to crown any new Oba of Lagos.

Almost all chieftancy customs etc have Edo origins.

Even "Eko" is an Edo word.

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History of the past and present Oba of Lagos.

Lagos dynasty since 1600

ASHIPA (1600-1630)

Ashipa was regarded as the founder of dynasty of Lagos. He was the son Oba of Benin. He was acting as the leader of the people of Lagos but not as the king. He serves as the intermediary between the Oba of Benin and the people of Lagos (eko),he spent 27 years as the leader of eko ,and died in 1630 and his son Ado took over his responsibility.

OBA ADO (1630-1669)

Oba ado, the son of ashipa took over the leadership role played by his father in 1630 during his own reign, he was elevated to an Oba and was crown as the king of Lagos by the Oba of Benin. Oba ado became the first Oba of Lagos. Oba ado had three children,2 males and 1 female. They include (Gabaro, Akinsemoyin, and Erelu Kuti).Oba ado ruled for 39years. He joined his ancestor in 1669 and his first son Gabaro succeeded him.

OBA GABARO (1669-1704)

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Don't bring Lagos here. People are stealing your money under your noses, planting a few flowers; yet, the blind and dim ones like you have set up a personality cult. All they have to say is "public - private partnership" and a lot of folk look at the growing flowers and turn silly.

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Portuguese saying they met a Bini garrison at lagos does not mean Bini founded lagos.

Oba of lagos orgins are clearly documented and also available in oral tradition- I'd suggest you look at the Yoruba ones as well if you can put aside your innate dislike of Yorubas for one moment.

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Which rail way did lagos state build? and to where?. will you compare the cost of  a railway from Asaba to PH to one built inside Lagos metropolis? . They have railways in Lagos, Enugu etc before and many of them are still functional even though there are visible amounts of decay. Show me where babapupa and fashola built a new railway in Lagos.

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rubbish!rubbish!

in future some northerners will say abuja was not developed with oil blood money.shame on people like sjeezy8.

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hehehehe. . .  .dont even bother trying to teach common sense to sjeezy. . . . if they like, they can build the line from Lagos to Borno. . . . more chance for Boko Haram to slip in undetected. . .

In all seriousness, if we are talking about this rail line driving the economy, then demand must be foremost in any decision process. . . . and we all know where the demand is greatest.

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Which rail way did lagos state build? and to where?. will you compare the cost of  a railway from Asaba to PH to one built inside Lagos metropolis? . They have railways in Lagos, Enugu etc before and many of them are still functional even though there are visible amounts of decay. Show me where babapupa and fashola built a new railway in Lagos.

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It is easy to solve a lot of the transort / business issues in that area.

Delta state needs to expand Warri port with a state funded wing and totally open up state funded routes between Asaba and Warri.

There is also no reason why smaller vessels cannot berth at Asaba.

Anambra and Delta can cooperate to build another bridge to span the Niger. There is already an international airport being built at Asaba.

Similar can happen between Rivers and Abia, with the ports in PH expanded with state funding. PH has an international airport.

A lot of business can also harness cheap travel up the Niger river, up through Lokoja and then Westward. Lets wait for the dredging of the Niger.

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The railway modernisation being proposed would be funded (or at least partly funded) by the FG. I think it makes economic sense to include the railline that leads to Enugu and PHC in the first phase as PHC is the capital of Nigeria's oil wealth.

However, starting with the Kano-Lagos rail is OK

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Maybe you should think before you type. The governments of eastern and southern states should build their OWN railways MEANING privately funded. Private investors as Lagos state did.

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Do you have common sense at all?. The funding for these railways come from south east and south south oil wells and you want FG to use it and build railways to nowhere while those that will actually make use of it should figure out a way to build theirs from their allocation. People like you should be banished in Nigeria.

For your information, rail lines run from point A to point B, so its not a question of hey, this project must be cited in my village. Watch the Nigerian govt build that railway from lagos to Damaturu even though the traffic in that route is not up to 1%. The busiest traffic in Nigeria is lagos-Onitsha followed by lagos -Ibadan and people die on these roads in large numbers every year. The FG should first fix the roads to these places before talking about railway. Enough bloodshed.

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in as much as i have documented evidence and link of lagos being founded by bini,i will not argue further because its of no use to the topic.verify from oba of lagos or you can even go to badagry and verify.

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Lagos was not founded by a Bini army.

The Binis dispatched a garrison there probably in an attempt to have a foothold for the burgeoning slave trade. In other words, the Portuguese were around and looking for slaves.

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According to native tradition, Lagos, or Eko, as it is called

by the natives, was originally founded by a Bini army, who had

in the first instance been despatched by the King of Benin to

collect tribute from his refractory vassals at " Ogulata," a

place to the north of the island on which the present town is

situated. Having failed in his mission, the commander, fearing

to return, settled on the island with his warriors,

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well, you are wrong.

Some Binis migrated to lagos[b] just like other tribes[/b], back in those days.

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@ topic

Its highly doubtful that the volume of travel between east and west is more significant than the one between north and south.

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PH already has a rail line but is in disrepair.

Abagworo is correct. The greatest movement of people occurs in the Eastern Region.

Any investment in rail infrastructure will surely post much quicker returns if we capitalise on the traditional movement of people from the East to West and backwards. Any line from East to West will pass through Lagos, Enugu, Onitsha, Aba and PH. Without blinking, anyone can tell you that these are the most traversed lines of traffic in the country. The current state of the Niger Bridge is another factor for taking the load off the road network.

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back to topic.constructing a rail line from PH to Calabar via Aba is important for the economy of this region.this triangle has long existed but is being killed by the nigerian government.most people in Ph and calabar travel to aba to buy goods.many people in PH and aba travel to calabar for good time while PH is the richest and has the most population among the three.why is PH and calabar ports being marginalised?calabar is the most affected amongst the three and has no good link road.

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The funny thing is how people assume that to be concerned about an area being marginalised, you must be from the relevant ethnic group. I am not Igbo or Ijaw or whatever. I am just concerned about Nigeria and its development,

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I didnt say their isn't business minded people in the SE, I said the whole country/ investors/Govt may think otherwise. Theres no bigotry in it, if you think its a good investment then great.

as tpia said you should read carefully

This is just phase one of the project so no one knows what is in store for the next 25 years

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Maybe when you guys produce the president.,,by 2036 upward but south-south produce first cuz ibos aint got nothing to offer.,just provide with land to sell their spare parts.

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Ya know they always gonna neglect the East coz they fear infrastructural development will give us more strength and upliftment.

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I am not tryna be obtuse but I do not understand what you are talking about!

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well if the shoe fits. Don't make assumptions next time.

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you're welcome.

The Enugu rail currently serves Port Harcourt occasionally, according to wiki.

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation has been down for the past few decades.

They're trying to revitalize it now but its not easy.

However, you may have noticed the occasional news reports of NRC pensioners being owed money.

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Tpia, I asked a question because I am truly curious, I really do believe that the biggest cross movement of people occurs in Southern Nigeria, so when I read the article, I was some what surprised that the South East (especially) seemed to have been left out. Thank you for mention that Enugu already has a rail line. Is it commercial? By that I mean do commuter us it daily or is it for the transportation of coal and other commodities?

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you should read carefully before starting a riot.

-The write up states they are starting phase 1 of the Lagos- Kano line.

-There is a 25 year development plan being proposed for the railway system.

lastly, Nigeria already has a railway system which has fallen into disuse and is mainly non-functioning. This is what they're trying to revamp, not that they're building a railway line from scratch and ignoring other parts of the country.

I hope you're aware Enugu is a coal mining state and as such also has a railway line if my memory serves me right.

The only place which may need a brand new rail service could be the south south Niger Delta.

all these things preceeded independence.

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