Construction work on the proposed Lagos-Kano standard gauge rail project is to take off before the end of this year.
Transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi who announced this at a forum in Lagos, said the proposed rail line would be connected to sea ports in Lagos, to reduce pressure on roads by heavy duty vehicles.
The minister also said the proposed Lagos-Calabar coastal rail project will be connected to seaports in Calabar, Port Harcourt, Onne and Warri.
He said the presidency had entered into a deal with general electric to revive the old Lagos-Kano rail line in exchange for the construction of the university of transport in Nigeria for the training of railway graduates and marine engineers.
The general electric, he added, will also build facilities for the manufacturing of locomotives, wagon and coaches in the country