According to the Federal Government, the Nigeria-Niger Republic rail project will increase trade and other socioeconomic interactions between the two countries.
According to Henshaw Ogubike, Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Transportation, the minister in charge of the ministry, Mu’azu Sambo, stated this on Thursday in Abuja at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the project between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger.
Sambo stated that the rail line, which will run from Kano State in Nigeria to Maradi in Niger Republic, will help to achieve the goals of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, to which both Nigeria and Niger Republic are signatories.
“I am aware that people have blood connections across borders. As a result, the project will strengthen the historical and cultural ties between Nigerians and Nigerians. The project is also critical for boosting inter-nation and continental trade.”
He stated that, in accordance with Article 3 of the MoU, a technical committee would be formed within seven days, and that the nomination of members and inauguration of the technical committee would be completed by the first week of February 2023.
Sambo went on to say that after the inauguration, the technical committee would be in charge of project facilitation and implementation.
Earlier, Alma Oumarou, the Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Niger, agreed with Sambo, saying the rail project would strengthen cultural ties between the two countries and create jobs.
Dr Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transportation, said in her welcome address that work on the Kano-Maradi rail line had been ongoing for the past two years, and that the signing of the MoU would expedite the project’s completion.