In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 02nd, October, 2020

Lai Mohammed Explains Why FG Prolonged Rail Line To Niger Republic

Lai Mohammed Explains Why FG Extended Rail Line To Niger Republic


Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The Federal Authorities says the extension of rail development from Lagos-Kano-Katsina to Marradi in Niger Republic was authorized for financial and industrial advantages.

The Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the reason on Friday when he featured on Nigeria Tv Authority dwell programme, “Good Morning Nigeria”.

Particularly, the minister mentioned the rail extension is meant for Nigeria to take financial benefits of import and export of Niger Republic, Chad and Burkina Fasso, that are landlocked nations.

Mohammed mentioned opposite to the disinformation by some commentators on the rail extension undertaking, the choice was taken within the financial curiosity of the nation.

Some Nigerians had queried the rationale behind Nigeria’s borrowing to fund the infrastructure of a neighbouring nation.

The Minister, nevertheless, defined, “I feel there was a variety of disinformation and complete ignorance over that linking of Lagos, Kano, Katsina railway to Marradi.

“The knowledge behind it’s that Niger, Chad Burkina Faso are all landlocked that means that they don’t have entry to sea.

“What this implies is that almost all of their imports and exports must undergo neighbouring nations’ seaports like Cotonou in Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana. As a result of we should not have a street infrastructure that can encourage Niger republic to make use of our seaports, we imagine that we can take over their imports and exports with the rail linkage.

“The straightforward cause, due to this fact, is to strengthen the economic system of Nigeria.”

Mohammed added, “For now, Niger Republic used seaport of Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana and the exporters undergo the stress, challenges and time of being on the street from Cotonue, Lome or Accra to their nation.

“However by the point we hyperlink them from Katsina to Marradi, will probably be simpler for us to take over the enterprise.

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“There may be nothing like territorial enlargement, it’s purely financial, we’re benefiting from the proximity and effectivity of rail system.”

The Federal Government Council on September 23 authorized over $1.959 billion for the development of the rail line from Kano to Marradi in Niger Republic.



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