The Senate has summoned the minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, to explain why the eastern corridor of the country’s rail lines was excluded from the proposed China Exim Bank loan.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in April sent a letter to the National Assembly, asking for approval to borrow $5.851 billion for the upgrade of various sections of the country’s railway.
The resolution of the Senate on Tuesday, was a follow up to a motion sponsored by the Senator representing Abia South, Enyinnaya Abaribe.
“The eastern section of the rail segment, which has a link between the south-east to the north-eastern parts of the rail line is completely excluded from the request.
“The loan being a federal government borrowing would be paid for by all sections of the country, therefore every section of the country should be taken into consideration.
“There is a railway master plan developed by the ministry of transport and of which such plans has not been referred to in the current borrowing plan,” Mr Abaribe said.