FG signs USS1.959bn Kano-Maradi railway line

By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The in its bid to link the whole country by rail, has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Mota- Engil Group on the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard Gauge Railway lines.

The Minister of , Rt. Hon. Chibuike today in Abuja signed on behalf of while the Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting firm.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Director. Press & Public Relations, Eric Ojiekwe made available to Sundiata Post.

According to the statement, the new railway corridor which is to be located in Nigeria will run through three states: Kano, Jigawa and Katsina and through Niger territory as far as Maradi. Other cities that will be affected by the rail line in Nigeria are: Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya.

The 283.750 kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport as it will be integrated with road transport, will make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important in the social sector.

The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Secretary, Federal Ministry of , Dr. Magdalene Ajani and the Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh, the Director, Mota-Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea, Head of Legal, Mota- Engil Group, Cameron Beverley, Magajin Garin Kano, Muhammad Wada, Director, Mota-Engil Group, Kola Abdulkarim, Vice President, Mota-Engil Group. Abdul-Razaq, Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusfu Tuggar, the Director, , Hadiza Bala-Usman among other diginitaries.


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