Transport Minister, Rotimi Amachi, disclosed this to state home reporters after the council’s weekly assembly on Wednesday.
The minister noted that the railway line might have a new branch from Port Harcourt to Bonny and from Port Harcourt to Owerri.
He said the government authorized a new deep port in Boni and a railway industrial park in Port Harcourt, each in the River State.
‘The Council of the Federal Government has authorized the award of contracts for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Japanese Narrow-Gauge Railway with the new Department of Strain and Trans-shipment Services,’ he mentioned.
The council further approved the development of a new deep harbor at Boni under PPP and for the development of a railway industrial park at Port Harcourt.
‘The railway line will be priced at $ 3,020,279,549. The industrial park, which is below the PPP, will give federal officials, without charge, a value of total $ 241,154,389.31’.
‘Bonnie Deep Port will be priced at $ 461,924,369, without charging a cost to the federal authorities’.
‘There may be others joining thin gauges to plain gauges in Kafanchan. There is a department line from Maiduguri to Damamturu and Gashau from Gombe or earlier.