Udoma tackles Senate about Lagos-Calabar rail

Budget and National Planning Minister Udo Udoma yesterday said members of the Federal Executive Council were still studying the details to guide President Muhammadu Buhari to sign it into law.

He also said the Lagos – Kano and Calabar – Lagos rail lines are projects in the budget, adding that a N60billion provision in the counterpart funding to support the Chinese financing of the projects.

He cleared Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi of any wrongdoing and stressed that there was no going back on the two priority projects.

But senators, after a “noisy” closed session, said there should be no controversy over the projects since the Presidency can send a supplementary budget to accommodate them.

Udoma, in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Akpandem James, said the amended Ministry of Transportation budget was accepted by the relevant committees and that was the version defended by the Minister of Transportation and his team.

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