Contractors begin preliminary work on $ 1.9 billion Kano-Niger Republic rail line
Allott Consulting Nigeria Ltd on Tuesday announced the start of an environmental and social impact assessment of the proposed 2,854-kilometer Kano to Maradi railway project, estimated at $ 1.9 billion.
This was revealed during a stakeholder engagement workshop held in Kano.
The consulting firm’s chief executive, Attahiru Usman, said the selected routes are located in western Kano, connecting Lagos and Niger-Nguru, which will also connect the northern states to the east of the country.
The firm also said the railroad would connect the airport and from there to Danbatta, adjacent to the main road, which would also connect Daura, the president’s hometown, via Kazaure and then to Jibiya.
Usman called on communities that would be displaced by the project to communicate their challenges to the appropriate authority.
While promising that affected communities would be adequately compensated, he urged community leaders to cooperate with the construction company when the project begins.
He called on entrepreneurs, Mota – Engil Nigeria, to ensure that all international and local environmental regulations are followed to ensure sustainable development that will improve the quality of life for the good people of Kano and beyond.
According to him, the project will offer employment opportunities to many unemployed young people.
Usman added, “The project, which will link Kano to Maradi, Jigawa, Katsina, Lagos, will not only boost business activities, but open up areas, as many ancillary projects will emerge in neighboring communities. ”
Speaking on the occasion, Dan Majin Kano, Alhaji Inuwa Abbas Sanusi, urged the consultants to ensure that the railway project route connects the state’s dry seaports, in order to have a direct impact on the commercial city of Kano. .
The royal father thanked the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired) for choosing Kano to implement the project, adding that he would further strengthen socio-economic activities in the West African sub-region and in the -of the.
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