Presidency clears air on Nigeria constructing rail line into Niger Republic

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has insisted that Nigeria isn’t constructing a rail line into Niger Republic.

The Federal Authorities this week permitted a $1,959,744,723.71 contract for the rail line.

It is going to join no less than seven cities in Nigeria and one metropolis in Niger Republic.

The transfer has, nonetheless, been met with enormous backlash, with HURIWA threatening to sue President Buhari.

Nevertheless, in a collection of tweets on Thursday, Shehu clarified the rail line will cease on the designated border level.

In keeping with him, this was a part of an settlement reached between each nations in 2015 and coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Fee for Cooperation.

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Shehu additional famous that “the target of the rail is the harnessing of uncooked supplies, mineral sources and agricultural produce” and the rail line will “play the position of a viable transportation spine to the West African subregion”.

He wrote: “Nigeria isn’t constructing a rail line into Niger, however solely to the designated Border level.

“An settlement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Fee for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Hall Grasp Plan, (K2M)” as it’s known as.

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“Going by this, the 2 nations would every construct a rail monitor to satisfy on the border city of Maradi.

“The target of the rail is the harnessing of uncooked supplies, mineral sources and agricultural produce.

“When accomplished, it should serve home industries and play the position of a viable transportation spine to the West African subregion, beginning with the neighboring Niger Republic for his or her export and import logistic chain.”

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