The Federal Government through the Ministry of Transportation, have signed the legal contract documents for the commencement of the Kano-Maradi Kano-Dutse railway project.
The signing of the Kano-Maradi Kano-Dutse railway project was done on Monday 11th January 2021, by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the contractors, Mota-Engil Group, which is a Multinational Engineering & Construction firm.
Aside from the construction of the Kano-Maradi Kano-Dutse railway project., the contractors according to the Minister of Transportation, also agreed to build a University as part of their CSR while working on the project.
The news comes after the approval of the $1.96 billion by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in September 2020 for the rail line which will connect 3 states namely Kano, Katsina and Jigawa and then terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic.
The Kano-Maradi Kano-Dutse railway which is expected to connect Nigerian 3 states and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic, will financially empower Nigeria as the import/export hub for Niger.
According to Amaechi, the rail line is favourable to Nigeria as it would help the country compete favourably with other coastal countries of West Africa in servicing the landlocked countries around us in the area of movement of cargoes to make Lagos seaports very viable.