The Kano-Maradi rail is expected to reach a substantial completion in 2023 when it will be ready to take passenger and freight daily traffic of about 9,364 people and 3,000 metric tons of freight on return trips.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in a statement shared by the Federal Government on Tuesday.
They tweeted, “KanoMaradiRail will reach a substantial completion in year 2023 when it will be ready to handle passenger and freight daily traffic forecast of 9,364 passengers and approximately 3,000 metric tons of freight on return trips between Kano and Maradi.
“There is no doubt that this #KanoMaradiRail route when linked with the ongoing #LagosKanoRail project on completion, will generate higher traffic volumes and revenue.”
The Minister explained that the entire network of the project has 15 railway stations of different categories with major stations of approximately 3,000 peak passenger capacity in cities of Kano & Katsina and stations of standard category in Kazaure, Daura, Jibiya & Dutse.
“… and minor stations in Dambatta, Shargelle and Mashi as well as halt stations in Kunya, Kano airport, Muduru, Dadara and in Niger Republic at Annol Mata and Maradi,” he added.
“#KanoMaradiRail will reach a substantial completion in year 2023 when it will be ready to handle passenger and freight daily traffic forecast of 9,364 passengers and approximately 3,000 metric tons of freight on return trips between Kano and Maradi.” — HM @ChibuikeAmaechi
— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) February 9, 2021
What you should know
- President Muhammadu Buhari had performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kano-Maradi, Kano-Dutse Railway Project earlier on Tuesday.
- This followed the approval of about $2 billion by the Federal Executive Council in September 2020, for the rail line and the subsequent signing of the contract documents for the commencement of the project last month.
- The railway project is expected to connect 3 Nigerian Northern states namely Kano, Katsina and Jigawa and then terminate at Maradi, Niger Republic.