BUHARI FLAGS OFF $1.9BN NIGERIA-NIGER RAIL PROJECT

Written by on February 10, 2021

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON TUESDAY FLAGGED OFF THE CONSTRUCTION OF $1.9 BILLION KANO-MARADI (NIGER REPUBLIC) RAIL PROJECT.

WHILE PRESIDING OVER THE VIRTUAL GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY, PRESIDENT BUHARI ALSO APPEALED TO PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATE ORGANISATIONS TO INVEST IN DEVELOPMENT OF RAIL SYSTEMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THE RAIL PROJECT 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).

IN HIS REMARKS, BUHARI DIRECTED THE MINISTRIES OF TRANSPORTATION AND FINANCE TO CONCLUDE FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WEST-EAST COASTAL RAIL LINE FROM LAGOS TO CALABAR.

HE SAID THE WEST-EAST COASTAL RAIL LINE WILL CONNECT ONITSHA, BENIN, WARRI, YENAGOA, PORT HARCOURT, ABA AND UYO.

BUHARI CONFIRMED THAT THE CONTRACT FOR THE CENTRAL RAILWAY TRAVERSING ITAKPE-BARO-ABUJA WITH CONNECTION TO LOKOJA AND A NEW SEAPORT IN WARRI HAD BEEN SIGNED. HE SAID THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO ACHIEVE AN APPRECIABLE LEVEL OF COMPLETION DURING THE TENURE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION.


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