The government says the project will boost socio-economic activities in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa as well as Maradi in Niger Republic.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kano – Dutse – Jibia (Katsina State} – Maradi 284 Km rail project connecting Kano in Nigeria to Maradi in Niger Republic, virtually.
The $1.96 billion project was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in September 2020.
The project 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.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had tweeted on January 11 that the contractor agreed to build a university as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) while working on the project.