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Construction of railway to Niger Republic economically driven, not politicalNigeria

Construction of railway to Niger Republic economically driven, not politicalNigeria
Following discordant tunes as to why the Federal Government approved funds for linking rail lines to Niger Republic, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has explained that the idea behind the construction of the rail line from Kano to Maradin in the Niger Republic was purely economical rather than political. Amaechi, who disclosed this through his […]

Following discordant tunes as to why the Federal Government approved funds for linking rail lines to Niger Republic, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has explained that the idea behind the construction of the rail line from Kano to Maradin in the Niger Republic was purely economical rather than political.“The decision to invest in Kano-Maradin rail line is purely economical, but people are politicizing it.So, to be able to attract those cargoes, we decided to construct a rail line from Kano to Maradin.Maradin is a village in Niger Republic and we will also build warehouses there to be able to attract cargoes from neighbouring countries and transport it effectively to Tin-Can or Apapa seaport for movement onward or outside the country.

“We have had debt forgiveness before but that is not the aim; our aim is to be able to pay back and to pay back, there are so many things we can do.“If we don’t mismanage our crude oil investment, we should also be able to pay back from there but what is critical is the cost of building this infrastructure now, because it will not be the same in the near future if we don’t build now.

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