On Wednesday, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a total of $1.96 billion for the construction of a 248-kilometre railway line from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic.
According to him, the $1.96 billion construction cost includes 7.5% value added tax (VAT).
9jatalks notes that contract for the construction was initiated in February 2018 and designed to connect three Nigerian states in the north; Kano, Katsina and Jigawa state, as well as seven senatorial districts.
The rail line, which will start from Kano, is to pass through Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic.
The rail line when completed, is expected to assist in the supply of crude oil from Niger Republic to the refinery being built in the border town between both countries.