By Abba Gwale
The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of Kano-Maradi standard gauge railway line worth US$1.959 billion naira.
A statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ojiekwe, noted that the 283.750-kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport will be integrated with road transport to make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi signed on the project on behalf of the President Muhammad Buhari while the Managing Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting company.
The project duration is for 36 months and is to be located in Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states in the North and through Maradi, Niger Republic.
Other cities to benefit directly from the passage of the rail route are, Danbatta local government in Kano, Kazaure in Jigawa state and Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya in Katsina State.
Those in attendance during the signing event are Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani; Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh; Managing Director, Mota-Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea; Head of Legal, Mota- Engil Group, Cameron Beverley; Magajin Garin Kano, Muhammad Wada; Director, Mota-Engil Group, Kola Abdulkarim; Vice President, Mota-Engil Group, Mohammed Abdul-Razaq; Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman among others.