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 Amaechi, 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 convinced that this negotiation will end by June,” he said.
The minister posited further that, “Before the end of June, Lagos-Kano Narrow Gauge Rail would provide about 100 locomotives – enough to run through Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Funtua, Kano and Gombe states, in order to boost the economy.”
Amaechi, 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 Representatives 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 a 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.