The Federal Government has approved the construction of $5.3 billion standard gauge rail line from Ibadan to Kano, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, has said.
The minister disclosed this at the third Maritime Stakeholders Interactive Forum on Thursday.
Amaechi added that the ministry has also applied for funding to commence coastal rail for the Port Harcourt to Warri segment.
Also, a statement issued by the ministry revealed that Gbemisola Saraki, the Minister of State for Transportation, would be in charge of all maritime agencies while Amaechi would focus on the railway sector.
Amaechi said he had discussed issues on maritime safety with President Muhammadu Buhari and assured his listeners that by next year, the country will have a single window in the maritime sector.