President Muhammadu Buhari has today performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kano to Dutse to Jibia to Maradi 284 Kilometer rail project connecting Kano in Nigeria to Maradi in Niger Republic, virtually.
The 1.96 billion dollars project was approved by the Federal Executive Council, presided over by the president in September, 2020.
The project, believed to be crucial to rail development in Nigeria and in the West African sub-region, is being executed by Mota-Engil Group, a multinational engineering and construction company.
The project, with 15 stations along the corridor, is expected to be completed in the next three years and would boost socio-economic activities in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states in Nigeria as well as Maradi in Niger Republic.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had twitted on January 11 that the contractor agreed to build a university as part of its corporate social responsibility while working on the project.