‘Nigeria isn’t building rail line into Niger’ — Garba Shehu clarifies

Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu, SSA on Media & Publicity to President Buhari

Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Mr. Garba Shehu had made clarifications on the Kano-Katsina-Jibia to Maradi rail line contract recently approved by the Federal Executive Council.

According to Shehu, an agreement between Nigeria and Niger Republic in 2015 coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)”, and the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi.

However, the objective of the rail according to Garba Shehu is to harness raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce. When completed, it will serve domestic industries and play the role of a a viable transportation backbone to the West African subregion, starting with the neighboring Niger Republic for their export and import logistic chain.

See his tweets below;

“Nigeria isn’t building rail line into Niger but, only to the designated Border point.

“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.

“Going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi.

“Nigerian delegates to that meeting comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Boundaries Commission, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources as well as those of Kano and Katsina states.

“The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce. When completed, it will serve domestic industries and play the role of a a viable transportation backbone to the West African subregion, starting with the neighboring Niger Republic for their export and import logistic chain.”

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