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Buhari Flags Off $1.9bn Kano-Maradi Rail Project

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President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off the Kano-Maradi railway project.

At the virtual event on Tuesday, Buhari said the rail project further strengthens his administration’s commitment to improving the transport sector and promoting economic activities.

He said the rail line traverses the major commercial and administrative centre of Kano and passing through other economic hubs of the country including Kazaure, Daura, Katsina and up to the border town of Jibiya and the Niger Republic city of Maradi.

“The cities of Jibiya and Maradi constitute a significant trading core between Nigeria and the Niger Republic – a tradition dating back many centuries,” he said.

“This vital infrastructure line will establish an end-to-end logistic supply chain in railway transport services between northern and southern regions of the country, reaching Nigerian southern ports of Lagos and Warri.

“The Kano–Maradi rail line has been identified as a viable line that will significantly enhance the movement of passengers and freight to the hinterland, especially raw materials from both agricultural and mineral resources for our industries.

Buhari Flags Off $1.9bn Kano-Maradi Rail Project Buhari Flags Off $1.9bn Kano-Maradi Rail Project

“The project, when completed, would serve the import and export of goods to the Niger Republic and other countries in the sub-region through Nigerian ports. The country would earn revenue through expansion of trade and commerce, while the people of Niger Republic will benefit from the ease of transportation logistics at an affordable cost in their import and export business.

“The connection to the Niger Republic through rail will also foster Trans-Sahara trade and contribute to the expected gains in the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.”

Speaking on other projects, Buhari said in the eastern corridor of the country, the Port Harcourt–Enugu–Makurdi–Maiduguri rail line with branches to Owerri, Imo state and Damaturu, Yobe state have been awarded for reconstruction to include a deep seaport in Bonny Island and a railway industrial park in Port Harcourt.

The Kano Maradi Rail is a single-track standard gauge rail line will have 15 stations of differing sizes.

The major stations will be in Kano and Katsina, intermediate stations in Dambatta (Kano), Daura and Jibia (Katsina) and Kazaure and Dutse (Jigawa), etc.

Buhari Flags Off $1.9bn Kano-Maradi Rail Project

The plan is for the Kano-Maradi rail to be linked to Kano-Lagos rail line in the near future.

In September, the federal executive council approved $1.96 billion for the Kano-Maradi rail project.

The 248km railway project will start from Kano, pass through Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi.

The federal government had signed a memorandum of understanding with Mota-Engil Group, the railway project contractor. It said the Kano-Maradi railway project would be completed within 36 months.


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