African Railway Roundable has urged the Nigerian government to commence the execution of the proposed Kaduna-Kano rail line without further delay.
In a statement signed by its Chief Operating Officer,Segun Olanjorin,the rail advocacy group appealed to the government to depkoy similar vigour to the Kaduna-Kano project in the same way it handled and fast-tracked the construction of Ibadan Lagos standatd guage railway line.
“We start by commending President Muhammadu Buhari for reviving the railway sector.It was not a mean feat.We are particularly impressed with the almost completed Lagos -Ibadan Standard guage.The economic viability of the route makes it sustainable.It is now time to extend the new standard line to Kano from Kaduna.
“Already, the Abuja -Kaduna line is about the most viable line currently.It will be a big boom if Kaduna is now linked to Kano by rail.The patronage of rail will tripple and viability in term of economic returns will be assured.It is therefore our considered view that commencing the project should be now and completion should be within the life span of this administration”,the statement noted.
While commending the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and the Federal Ministry of Transportation,the African group affirmed that “the Buhari presidency is the golden age of railway in Nigeria ,urging an even more ambitious push in term of trans-natiobal railway line.
“We are of the view that Nigeria should craft a trans-national railway agenda to link Adamawa to Cameroon,Lagos to Benin republic,Oyo state to Benin republic,Borno to Chad ,Cross river to Cameroon and Katsina to Niger republic”,the group noted in the statement.
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