The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, approved N551.8 million for the construction of national freight office in Jibia, Katsina State.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Ameachi, disclosed this when he, along with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council’s meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
According to him, the national freight office is usually located at border posts and Jibia is between Katsina State and Niger Republic.
On Lagos – Ibadan rail project, the minister expressed the hope that it would be completed by June/July 2019.
“We believe that by next year, we will begin to encourage those who transport by trucks between Lagos and Ibadan to use the rail.
“We believe that before the end of June, we will start running from January but, we may not be able to carry enough cargo, we will be able to do that by June/July.
“At that point, most of the trucks carrying cargo, going to Ibadan, must be on the rail so that we can save the Lagos/Ibadan road