According to report reaching oyogist.com, the Federal government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mota-Engil group for the construction of Kano-Maradi Standard Gauge Railway lines.
This was disclosed by Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari, Bashar Ahmed via his verified Twitter handle.
He tweeted: “The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mota-Engil Group on the construction of $1.959 billion dollars Kano-Maradi Standard Gauge Railway lines.”
“According to a statement from Ministry of Transportation, the new (Kano–Maradi) railway corridor will run through Kano, Jigawa and Katsina and through Niger Republic territory as far as Maradi.”
“Towns like Danbatta (Kano), Kazaure (Jigawa), and Daura, Mashi, Jibia (Katsina) will also be affected by the new rail line in Nigeria”
“The 283.75 kilometre kano-Maradi Rail line will help develop freight and passenger transport as it would be integrated with road transport. It will also contribute greatly to the local economy as well as Nigeria’s social sector.”
“According to Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the duration for the kano-Maradi Rail project is 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.”
“The contractor of kano-Maradi Rail, Mota-Engil Group has also agreed to build a University in Nigeria as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) while working on the project. #RailUpNG.”