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Senate summons Amaechi for excluding South East in rail projects

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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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.

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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.

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“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.

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