Connect Africa: Nigerian set to build $1.9b rail line to Niger

The wish of every Pan-Africanist is to see a well-connected continent where infrastructure is built to facilitate the flow of resources from one country to another with ease to boost intercontinental trade and promote development. That is exactly what Nigeria is about to do.

Reports have it that President Buhari led administration of Nigeria has taken a huge step by approving $1.9 billion for the commencement of a railway line that will link Nigeria and Niger.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President will see the construction of the facility starting from Kano through Katsina, linked with the Maradi rail line in Niger.

According to Malam Garba Shehu who serves as the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the Muhammadu Buhari, “The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce.”

The country’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi added that, contract worth N3.049 billion has been awarded for the design, manufacture, supply, testing, and commissioning of one railway crane purposely to manage accident cases by clearing rail tracks.

More of such facilities are required to change the infrastructural base of the continent, connect all countries across Africa and prepare the way for our much-desired unity.

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