The government of president Muhammadu Buhari has approved a contract for the construction of $1.96bn rail line from Kano – Maradi, in the Niger Republic.
The nod was given on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Minister of Transportation, Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, later told State House reporters that the contract was initiated in February 2018 and was designed to connect three Nigerian states in the north – Kano, Katsina and Jigawa as well as seven senatorial districts.
The 248-kilometer rail line, which will start from Kano, will pass through Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic.
The minister esaid that the project when completed, would assist in the supply of crude oil from the Niger Republic to the refinery being built in the border town between both countries.
Mr. Amaechi also disclosed that another contract was approved for the Ministry, which is for the construction of design, manufacturing, supply, testing and commissioning of a railway crane, for the purposes of clearing rail tracks in situations of accidents.
He said, “Two memos for the Ministry of Transportation. The first one is the award of contract for the design, manufacture, supply, testing and commissioning of one railway crane of 150 ton capacity for emergency and recovery of rolling stocks.
“This is to sort out say situations of an accident on the track. It is for a total cost of N3,049,544,000. That’s the first memo that was approved for the Ministry of Transportation.
“The second one is the award of contract for the development of the proposed Kano-Katsina-Jibia to Maradi rail line in the Niger Republic and to Dutse, the capital of Jigawa, for a total cost of $1,959,744,723.71, inclusive of 7.5% VAT.”