We aren’t constructing rail line to Niger Republic, We’ll cease at border ― Presidency
The Presidency has denied that the Federal Authorities is developing rail line to hyperlink Kano, Dutse, Katsina and Maradi in Niger Republic.
Recall that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had whereas briefing State Home correspondents on the finish of the weekly Federal Government Council, FEC, assembly presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, stated, that the council gave the approval on the assembly.
The Minister had stated, “The second (approval) is the award of contract for the event of the proposed Kano-Katsina-Jibia to Matadi rail line in Niger Republic and to Dutse, the capital of Jigawa, for a complete price of $1,959,744,723.71, inclusive of seven.5% VAT.”
However the Presidency stated the rail building will solely get to a chosen level on the border.
The Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in a tweet on his private deal with, @GarShehu, on Thursday, stated the settlement was reached between Nigeria and Niger in 2015 for the Kano-Katsina-Maradi Hall Grasp Plan (K2M).
He stated each nations agreed to construct a rail line to the “border city of Maradi.”
Maradi is the second-largest metropolis in Niger Republic and the executive centre of Maradi Area and in addition the seat of the Maradi Division.
The presidential spokesman stated within the sequence of Tweet: “Nigeria isn’t constructing rail line into Niger however, solely to the designated Border level.
“An settlement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Fee for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Hall Grasp Plan, (K2M)” as it’s referred to as.
“Going by this, the 2 nations would every construct a rail monitor to satisfy on the border city of Maradi.
“Nigerian delegates to that assembly comprised officers from the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, Nationwide Boundaries Fee, Federal Ministry of Business, Commerce & Funding, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement, Water Sources in addition to these of Kano & Katsina states.
“The target of the rail is the harnessing of uncooked supplies, mineral assets and agricultural produce.
“When accomplished, it is going to serve home industries and play the position of a viable transportation spine to the West African subregion, beginning with the neighbouring Niger Republic for his or her export and import logistic chain.”
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