In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 24th, September, 2020

Nigerians Blast FG For Approving $1.96 billion Railway Development From Kano to Niger Republic

Nigerians Blast FG For Approving $1.96 billion Railway Construction From Kano to Niger Republic

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

 

Nigerians have lambasted the federal authorities for approving $1,959,744,723.71 contract for a rail line that may hyperlink Nigeria to Niger Republic.

 

Recall that the approval was given by the federal govt council assembly which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Briefing pressmen, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi stated that the cash accredited for the event of the proposed rail line linking Kano-Dutse-Katsina-Jibia and to Maradi in Niger Republic was inclusive of Worth Added Tax.

 

The rail contract which was initially budgeted within the 2018 Appropriation will join at the very least seven cities in Nigeria and one metropolis in Niger Republic and is anticipated to start out from Kano and go via Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic.

 

It should join about three states of Jigawa, Kano and Katsina and when accomplished, would help within the provide of crude oil from Niger Republic to the refinery being constructed within the border city between each nations.

 

Amaechi stated; 

 

“Two memos for the Ministry of Transportation have been accredited by the council. The primary one is the award of contract for the design, manufacture, provide, testing and commissioning of 1 railway crane of 150 ton capability for emergency and restoration of rolling shares.

“That is to kind out say conditions of accident on the observe. It’s for a complete value of N3,049,544,000. That’s the primary memo that was accredited for the Ministry of Transportation.

“The second is the award of contract for the event of the proposed Kano-Katsina-Jibia to Maradi rail line in Niger Republic and to Dutse, the capital of Jigawa, for a complete value of $1,959,744,723.71, inclusive of seven.5% VAT.”

Nevertheless reacting to the approval, some Nigerians insisted that it was a misplacement of precedence in a rustic dealing with intractable issues of insecurity and harsh financial circumstances arising from hikes in gasoline worth and electrical energy tariff.

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