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Russia to construct 1,400km rail track in Nigeria


Russian government has agreed to support development of Nigeria’s rail infrastructure by constructing 1,400 kilometres track from Lagos to the South-South city of Calabar.

According to Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja, said this development was one of the agreements reached at a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

The bilateral meeting was held on the sidelines of the ongoing Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday.

Mr Shehu disclosed that there was also a discussion on the advancement of the ongoing project for the establishment of a nuclear power plant in Nigeria.

According to Mr Putin, the next step in the implementation of the project should be the commencement of construction of a power plant.

On security and military cooperation, one that existed for 59 years of Nigeria’s independence, President Buhari agreed to renew Nigeria-Russia Military Technical Agreement that had lapsed within a short time.

He said: “I have directed the Minister of Defence to work with the Ministry of Justice to conclude this matter within the shortest possible time.

“This military cooperation agreement is expected to give impetus to direct procurement of military hardware on a government-to-government basis at a lower cost as well as training of military personnel and modernisation of armed forces and renewal of infrastructure and equipment, which President Putin promised to undertake.”

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