The Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali, has expressed disappointment over the slow pace of work on the reconstruction of the Eastern Railway Corridor by the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company.
The minister made his feelings known when he inspected the progress of work on the reconstruction of the corridor to Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
Alkali expressed sadness that between Port-Harcourt and Aba Section, only a 47 per cent completion stage had been achieved, instead of achieving 47 per cent completion of the entire stretch from Port-Harcourt to Maiduguri.
He expressed dismay at the use of manual alignment processes by the CCECC in laying the track in the 21st Century, adding that in a project that is 85 per cent funded by the Chinese and 15 per cent by the Federal Government, it is only the 15 per cent fund provision by the Federal Government that financed the project so far.
The minister said that he would go back to the ministry to look at what was doable within the ambit of the law and enforce it.