Nigeria Government say the novel virus is seriously affecting the completion of the railway project across the nation.
Speaking to the Media, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed worry due to the slow pace of the project.
Ameachi says if not for the shutdown, passengers could move from Lagos to Ibadan by rail without using the road.
According to him, “If not for COVID-19, you can transport from Lagos to Ibadan without going by road, and that costs up to 1.6 billion dollars. I am worried about, we were already negotiating a contract from Bonny in Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, going to Yobe, Bauchi, Jos, and all those areas, it has completely slowed down. All attempts to push them to come for meeting, they come for a meeting but they are worried about funding, even though they said they will try their best to get the funds. We are looking all over the world to see where we can borrow money to do Bonny, Port Harcourt railway line. And we are also deliberating with the Chinese so that we can start Ibadan to Kano rail line”
He further reiterated his belief in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration while stressing that today Nigerians can move from Abuja to Kaduna and Lagos to Ibadan.