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Nigerians Criticize Buhari’s Approved Kano to Niger Republic Rail Contract

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Following the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to build railways from Kano to Niger Republic with borrowed Chinese money, Nigerians have criticized the project, with many calling it a waste and a misplacement of priority.

Federal Government had approved about $1.96 billion contract for a rail line that would link Nigeria to Niger Republic. The railways is said to connect at least seven cities in Nigeria and one city in Niger Republic and is expected to start from Kano and pass through Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi told journalists at the end of the FEC meeting on Wednesday, that the rail line when completed is expected to aid the transportation of crude oil.

Nigerians have however reacted to the president’s approval on social media, with some saying the President’s decision was based on ethnicism, and others calling it a waste.

Meanwhile, a social media user who identifies himself as Uncle Fred Odo applauded the approval saying “there’s a cargo rail line already in place linking Apapa Port to Kano. Now if this project is complete it will make Nigeria become an export & import hub for Niger Republic which will boost trade and commerce.” ICIR reported

“What if we diversify the economy so that we don’t rely solely on Lagos? Nigeria wants to be the import-export hub of Niger which to me is a very good thing. Just visit Magama border and see the economic potential of the deal. The rail will link all the states with Kano and Niger,” Another user, Ahmad Labiru said.

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