Presidency denies building rail line into Niger Republic

Presidency on Thursday said Nigeria was not building a rail line into Niger Republic but only to the designated Border point.
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, while reacting to report that the Federal Government on Wednesday approved $1,959,744,723.71 for the construction of a rail line that would link Nigeria to the Niger Republic, said an agreement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation had a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)” as it is called.
He further stated that going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi.
He said 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.
Shehu added that the objective of the rail was the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce.
He said when completed, it would serve domestic industries and play the role of a viable transportation backbone to the West African subregion, starting with the neighbouring Niger Republic for their export and import logistic chain.
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