The Presidency has said that Nigeria isn’t building rail line into Niger Republic but, only to the designated Border point.
The approval of the $1.96bn Kano-Niger Republic Rail Project by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday attracted condemnation from some Nigerians including the main opposition party PDP.
Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a Twitter post on Thursday evening exPlained that “an agreement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)” as it is called.
He added that, “Going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi.”
He said Nigerian delegates to that meeting comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Boundaries Commission, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources as well as those of Kano & Katsina states.
The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce, according to Shehu.
He said that when completed, it will serve domestic industries and play the role of a a viable transportation backbone to the West African sub-region, starting with the neighboring Niger Republic for their export and import logistic chain.