Nigeria’s government began a $3 billion rehabilitation of a railway line that links major cities in Africa’s most-populous country.
The project marks the latest step in an ambitious plan to create a nationwide rail network intended to aid Nigeria’s economic diversification away from crude oil. The development is designed to revamp a dilapidated 1,443-kilometer (897-mile) line that begins in the southeastern oil hub of Port Harcourt and terminates in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
The contract “has the objective of resuscitating the once vibrant railway transportation in the eastern corridor of the country,” President Muhammadu Buhari told a ceremony in Port Harcourt via video link on Tuesday…
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