Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Aside rail, we’re bringing maritime to Kano, Amaechi tells Ganduje

“We rejected the initial design for the train station in Kano for a bigger and better one like that of Lagos.”

• May 28, 2021
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday informed Governor Abdullahi Ganduje that the Kano-Kaduna rail project would commence in July. He also hinted that his ministry was working on establishing maritime operations in the Centre of Commerce.

The minister, who made the disclosure when he paid a courtesy visit to Mr Ganduje, said that the federal government would link Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic.

“Kano can also be a hub which will grow the economy and also create job opportunities for its teeming youths,” he said.

Mr Amaechi said, however, that the ministry rejected the design for the train station in Kano for a bigger and better one like that of Lagos.

“We are going to build a big and modern rail station that will contain the volume of cargo and persons that will pass through Kano.

“Kano is important to Nigeria and also important to railway sector and we are trying to see how we can bring the maritime sector into the state,” he said.

The minister, who was in Kano to commission the North-West zonal office of Nigeria Shippers’ Council, said the office was sited in Kano because of the economic activities of the state.

Mr Amaechi restated the federal government’s commitment to developing transport infrastructure in the country.

Responding, Mr Ganduje commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his strides in the transport sector, noting that the projects, when completed, will boost the economic activity of the state.

“The rail project will boost commercial activities and create jobs for our teeming youth because Kano is the commercial nerve centre of the North and some West African countries,” he explained.

The minister was accompanied by the managing director of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello; Director-General of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria; Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Magdalene Nwanwuche and the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh.

Mr Amaechi is also expected to inspect the multi-billion naira Dala Inland Dry Port.

(NAN)

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