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Lai Mohammed: Even Without Chinese Financing, Nigeria Won’t Give Up Building New Railways

File image of Nigerian Culture and Information Minister Lai Mohammed. AFP

It’s beginning to settle in among Nigeria’s governing class that once abundant Chinese railway financing is no more. Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi was the first to acknowledge the new reality earlier this month when he told the Guardian newspaper (Nigeria) that the country’s future railway initiatives are now in question given that “the Chinese are no longer funding.”

Now, a second Nigerian minister, Lai Mohammed (photo), echoed that sentiment but said that even without access to Chinese capital, the Federal Government will nonetheless find a way to build these new lines.

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