The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that as the ministry was rounding up the Lagos-Ibadan rail project billed to be inaugurated in June, the ministry was set to commence work to link Kano-Kaduna with rail.
In a statement issued yesterday by his Media Aide, Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, said Amaechi made this known when he led a delegation of Nigerian Shippers Council and Nigeria Railway Corporation on a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of Kano State.
According to Amaechi, because of the economic viability of the State, the rail line and the Inland Dry Port would boost the business activities of the State.
Amaechi revealed that even though there was no River in the State, maritime activities would be brought there.
“Between now and July we will start work on the Kano-Kaduna part of the rail; and wherever we link the Kano rail to Kaduna and link Ibadan to Abuja, then we have solved the problem of cargoes.
”We have to learn how to manage cargoes that come to Kano; as you know, we are also linking Kano-Maradi, so Kano will be the hub for the railway sector with a major station in Kano; it will be able to control the volume of human traffic in Kano”, he stated.
Responding, Governor Ganduje said that he was delighted that the Zonal Office of the Nigerian Shippers Council was located in the State because of the commercial nature of the State.
He added that based on the population of the State, the volume of imports and export was very high, noting that Kano has the highest vote during elections and the highest number of seats at the National Assembly.