FG approves $1.2bn for Kano-Kaduna rail project

Passengers board a light rail train of Nigerian Railway Corporation at Oshodi Terminal in Lagos, AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Passengers board a light rail train of Nigerian Railway Corporation at Oshodi Terminal in Lagos, AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

The Federal Government has approved 1.2 billion US dollars for the construction of the Kano-Kaduna standard gauge railway project.‎ Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amechi, disclosed this in Kano on Saturday when he visited Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje at the Government House, Kano.

He said that the Federal Government was negotiating with China EXIM bank to finance the project.‎ “We are negotiating with China EXIM bank and we are convince that this negotiation will end by June,” he said.

The minister said that the Federal Government would provide about 100 locomotives for narrow gauge rail that would run through Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Funtua and Gombe to improve the economy.

“Before the end of June Lagos-Kano narrow gauge rail would have more locomotives that would run through Lagos, Port Harcourt, Funtua, Kano and Gombe states in order to boost the economy,” he said.

Amechi, however, thanked the governor for his efforts and the role he played during the last National Assembly election in Rivers where the party won one senatorial seat and four House of representative seats.

Responding, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, expressed his happiness and commended the president for fulfilling campaign promise.‎ He said that Kano-Kaduna standard rail project would save the road from total collapse.

Ganduje said that the state government recently signed a $1.8 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm to construct light rail in the state capital. He said that the light rail project would give a mega city outlook similar to other cities across the world.

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  • Christopher Adodo

    Where will the funding of this rail project come from? Of course oil money.
    And the oil producing minority’s does not have good schools, good drinking water, good roads, and tangible development, and let alone rail roads.
    Therefore, this is stealing, corruption in the leadership, and sadly a serious injustice in Nigeria, since 1960.
    And it is simply robbing Peter to pay Paul. It must stop.

    • Ikem Williams

      Using a SS man to build it. Q is what has that SS man done for his people? On the day of reckoning it will be said that you had a SS man as transport minister but he like GEJ did not do anything for his people.

    • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

      Hm! So you mean no light raiil, no overhead rail, no underhead rail, no bla! bla!! bla!!! bla!!!!, but only taxi drivers, vulcanizers, panel beaters, onion sellers, etc, for Portharcourt.

  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    All this Billon, Billon, just for only iron rail on iron studs. Well what do you expect with gambler money. For 57yrs, they have been gambling and squandering gambled money show me one social project that has not gone the way gambler money does go. Keep on gambling, shi eti gbo (have you heard) after all it is all about luck.

  • sam yam

    Amechi is a CIA agent and asset, do you expect a CIA agent to make your country progress? Since when is the CIA in the business of building countries? The Kaduna state government is now CIA controlled with El Rufai the CIA asset!