Govt pledges to deliver Abuja-Kaduna rail line in December Wednesday, 13 August 2014

by The Guardian News

THE Federal Ministry of Transport has restated its commitment to complete ongoing construction of Abuja-Kaduna Standard Gauge rail line before the end of this year.

According to the ministry, the project is presently about 85 per cent completed, adding that the construction of Lagos–lbadan standard gauge (double track) 2 x180 kilometre has also been awarded as part of measures to boost rail transportation in the country.

Already, the rehabilitation of 1,124 kilometre western line (Lagos-Kano) has been “completed and functional, while work in the Eastern line- Port Harcourt–Maiduguri 1,657 kilometre is progressing steadily with the Port Harcourt– Jos Station, including the branch line from Kafanchan to Kaduna to be completed by August 2014”.

Welcoming the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSOF), Bukar Goni Aji, to the ministry in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Nebolisa Emodi, an engineer, explained in details various efforts aimed at “actualizing the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government”.

Aji, accompanied by the Peer Review Team (Body of the Federal Permanent Secretaries), visited the ministry as part of reform agenda initiated by the Federal Government to move the Civil Service forward.

A press statement issued by the ministry quoted Aji as saying the aim of the visit is to assess the individual ministry “so as to ensure that it is in conformity with Federal government policy guidelines with regard to the relationship existing between the Permanent Secretaries and their political heads”.

Aji said: “We are also going to look at the staff welfare programmes and the environment in which they operate whether it is conducive for work or not.”

He explained that the driving force of various Reform initiatives embarked upon by this administration is to ensure efficiency and high productivity in the Federal Civil Service, adding that the body of Permanent Secretaries has taken up the challenge to continually review themselves through Peer review mechanism for accountability and results.

Emordi restated government resolve to resuscitate and revitalize the Nigerian Railway system for the haulage of goods and carriage of passengers, completion of feasibility studies on rail system, increase use of inland waterways to stimulate economic activities, enhancement of maritime safety and security and good welfare system for the staff among others.

In the area of safety and security arrangement initiated by the ministry, the Permanent Secretary said that there is a provision of automated access control system, which prevents intruders to have access to the premises, adding that vehicle underground scanners were installed at the entrance gate to check all incoming vehicles among others.

The Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, who also received the team in his office, commended them for the Peer Review Mechanism initiative urging them to sustain the efforts in other to achieve effective and efficient service delivery in the country.

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