Nigeria signs $1.96 bln deal for construction of Kano-Niger Republic standard rail line
Nigeria government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mota- Engil Group for the construction of $1.96 billion Kano-Maradi Standard Gauge Railway lines.
According to the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, signed on behalf of the government while the Managing Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting firm.
In a statement by the Director of Press of the ministry, Eric Ejiekwe, the minister said that the new railway corridor which is to be located in northern Nigeria will run through three states: Kano, Jigawa and Katsina and through Niger territory as far as Maradi.
Other cities that will be affected by the rail line in Nigeria, he said, are: Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya.
“The 283.750 kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport as it will be integrated with road transport, will make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.”
The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.