The federal government has attracted funds from the Credit Suisse Group, Africa Finance and the German state bank KfW as loans to construct the 283 kilometre Kano-Maradi (Niger Republic) railway.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, disclosed this in Gamawa, Bauchi State, when he revalidated his All Progressives Congress (APC) membership.
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He also said the project is being handled by Mota-Engil, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari had recorded more milestones on infrastructures.
Some of them he said include the completion of the Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan rail line, and the Second Niger Bridge.
He explained that the Kano-Maradi rail line would also cover other cities such as Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya in Nigeria.
“This rail project is expected to boost commerce in the region and aid in establishing Nigeria as an export hub.
“In the last one year, despite global challenges worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic and dwindling government earnings, the government of the federation led by President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to record giant strides in the areas of infrastructural development especially.”