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Nigeria is effectively utilizing funds borrowed for infrastructural development – Lai Mohammed 


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said Nigeria is effectively utilizing the funds it borrowed from China and elsewhere for infrastructural development to create jobs and provide the basis for economic development.

In a statement by Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant To The President (Media); the Minister disclosed this during the inspection tour of the Ibadan Train Station on Saturday, after a joint inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Project with his Transportation Counterpart, Chibuike Amaechi


According to Mr. Mohammed; “There is no better way to answer Nigerians as to what we have done with the money we have borrowed than this trip.”

The Minister also noted that; ”On this trip, you have seen first hand the stations being constructed, the rail lines and the people who are working on the projects.

“Rather than arguing with critics, we opted to allow you (journalists) – the ears and eyes of Nigerians – to come and see for yourselves what we are doing with the money we are borrowing.”

He further stated that, there is nothing bad in borrowing, provided the funds are invested in infrastructure rather than services or consumption.

“We didn’t borrow money for services or overhead expenditure. We borrowed money for capital projects: rail; roads; bridges; power – infrastructure generally,” he said.

The Minister said the tour of the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Project is the first in a series of inspection the administration is embarking upon to showcase to Nigerians the status of work on the projects the government is executing with the money it has borrowed.

He expressed delight at the level of work on the train stations and the modern coaches procured to convey passengers and goods on the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail line.

Also responding, the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, added that, $1.6 billion is being expended on the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail line and the stations, with $200-$300 million counterpart funds from the Federal Government.

He appealed to the National Assembly to approve the $5.3 billion loan request from China to enable the government to execute the Ibadan-Kano Standard Gauge rail line.

The Ministers and their teams inspected the gigantic Ebute Meta Railway Station Building and yard construction work; Apapa Railway Station; Dockyard Station as well as Agege; Kajola; Papalanto; Abeokuta and Ibadan Train Stations, which are at various stages of completion.

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