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Why We Are Extending Rail Construction To Niger Republic – FG by adenigga(m): 4:51pm On Oct 02
The Federal Government says it approves the extension of rail construction from Lagos-Kano-Katsina to Marradi in the Niger Republic for economic and commercial benefits.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the explanation on Friday when he featured on Nigeria Television. Authority (NTA) live programme, “Good Morning Nigeria”.

The programme which focussed on “Nigeria at 60: Matters Arising” was monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Specifically, the Minister said the rail extension is intended for Nigeria to take economic advantages of import and export of Niger Republic, Chad and Burkina Fasso which are landlocked countries.

Mohammed said contrary to the disinformation by some commentators on the rail extension project, the decision was taken in the economic interest of the country.

NAN reports that some Nigerians have queried the rationale behind Nigeria borrowing so much to fund the infrastructure of a neighbouring country.

The Minister, however, explained: “I think there has been a lot of disinformation and total lack of information over that linking of Lagos, Kano, Katsina railway to Marradi”.

“The wisdom behind it is that Niger, Chad Burkina Faso are all landlocked meaning that they do not have access to the sea.

“What this means is that most of their imports and exports have to go through neighbouring countries’ seaports like Cotonou in the Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana.

Because we do not have a road infrastructure that will encourage Niger republic to use our seaports, we believe that we will be able to take over their imports and exports with the rail linkage.

“The simple reason, therefore, is to strengthen the economy of Nigeria,” he said.

Mohammed explained further: “For now, Niger Republic used seaport of Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana and the exporters go through the stress, challenges and time of being on the road from Cotonue, Lome or Accra to their country.

“But when you look at the distance by rail by the time we link them from Katsina to Marradi, it will be easier for us to take over the business.

“There is nothing like territorial expansion, it is purely economic, we are taking advantage of proximity and efficiency of rail system”.
The Minister further explained that the distance from Jibia the Nigeria border town with the Niger Republic to Marradi is a few kilometre and there is existing business relations between the people at both border towns.

He admonished critics of government policies and decisions to always seek clarifications before going to town to misinform the public.

Mohammed equally said that the government will keep engaging in more conversation to enlighten the public on its policies, programmes and decisions.

NAN recalls that the Federal Executive Council on Sept. 23 approved over 1.959 billion dollars for the construction of the rail line from Kano to Marradi in the Niger Republic.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi who disclosed this to State House correspondents said the rail line designed to take off from Dutse in Jigawa, Katsina and Jibia will terminate in Marradi.

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https://m.guardian.ng/why-we-are-extending-rail-construction-to-niger-republic-fg

Re: Why We Are Extending Rail Construction To Niger Republic – FG by ProphetofOdin: 4:54pm On Oct 02
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Re: Why We Are Extending Rail Construction To Niger Republic – FG by Dannieln1: 5:41pm On Oct 02
I believe the Hausas are planning something.
Everything is going to the north
Major projects
I see secession on the way..

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Re: Why We Are Extending Rail Construction To Niger Republic – FG by Ehiscotch(m): 6:43pm On Oct 02
Dannieln1:
I believe the Hausas are planning something.
Everything is going to the north
Major projects
I see secession on the way..

No, the deal was birthed by GEJ administration and No again, there are projects going on all over the country.
You can see the objective reasons given by the Minister and how it would boost the economy. Other rail projects are going on all over the country and this will take place simultaneously.

Although, I believe the government probably needs to do more to on enlightening the masses about its policies.

Even with this many would still be unsatisfied.
Re: Why We Are Extending Rail Construction To Niger Republic – FG by Dannieln1: 8:59pm On Oct 02
Ehiscotch:


No, the deal was birthed by GEJ administration and No again, there are projects going on all over the country.
You can see the objective reasons given by the Minister and how it would boost the economy. Other rail projects are going on all over the country and this will take place simultaneously.

Although, I believe the government probably needs to do more to on enlightening the masses about its policies.

Even with this many would still be unsatisfied.
I am not satisfied
Have you seen the Zuba-kaduna-kano road
Its the best road in the country.

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