* Both rail line and the ongoing N120Bn first-ever road to hit Bonny 2022
By Codratus Godson
The much-expected Bonny-Port Harcourt fast rail line estimated at about N80Bn may get FG funding approval in the next couple of weeks, sources close to the presidency just revealed. Many investors and business guns in Bonny Island may not even be aware of such a huge development in the making as most of those contacted said it must be fake news.
Truth is, the Fderal Government has revealed that by July 2020, funding would be approved for the project. The hint came from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Ajuri Ngelali, in his verified Twitter handle (@AjuriNgelali) where he hinted that funding for the rail line would be approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in July, 2020.
Kristina Reports that broke the news quoted the SSA to have disclosed that the rail line would accompany the ongoing N120Bn 38 kilometre Bonny-Bodo Road project, and both are expected to be completed by third quarter of 2022.
According to Ngelali, the vision behind these key economic projects was to revolutionize gas distribution in Nigeria and open up Nigeria’s riverine region to massive industrialization.
“Accompanying the new presidentially approved Bonny-Port Harcourt High Speed Rail Line and ahead of schedule for August 2022 completion, this strategic N120bn link from Bonny Island’s NLNG to Nigeria’s mainland will revolutionize gas distribution in Nigeria and open up Nigeria’s riverine region to massive industrialization.
It involves massive land reclamation with dredgers filling deep and wide creeks, restoring swamp lands to reinforced dry lands as work is going on.
“Because of the marshy wetlands, you will see that these roads are being elevated in a pyramid-like structure with deep, indented drainages on both sides to capture rain run-off all along the 38km road that comes with two new link bridges and a major bridge across Opobo Channel.”
Julius Berger Nigeria Limited is handling the construction of the first road link to Bonny Island in a highly challenging environment and soil conditions, which will connect the island community to Bodo and Bera in Gokana LGA, Ataba in Andoni LGA, and Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Bonny Island, which is host to Nigeria’s foremost gas company, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited gas liquefaction plant.
Bonny-Bodo Road Flag-Off: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (centre) flanked by the Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom, His Majesty, King Edward Pepple III, CON, Perekule XI, Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr Ipalibo Banigo, Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, Senator Magnus Abe, and Managing Director of Nigeria LNG, Tony Attah.
Train 7, an expansion project for the plant is about to commence soon, which is expected to provide about 12,000 jobs, and increase the plant’s production output from 22 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) to 30 MTPA when the project is completed.
The Bodo-Bonny road regarded as a milestone infrastructure development project for the advancement of the Niger Delta and a catalyst for the continued success of Bonny Island – a key industrial area in Nigeria tied to the economic development and general wellbeing of the nation as a whole – is being funded by the Nigeria LNG.