THE Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Republic of Niger on the Kano-Maradi rail line.
The MoU was signed by the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, and his counterpart in the Republic of Niger, Alma Oumarou, in Abuja.
Sambo noted that the rail line, which will start from Kano State in Nigeria and end at Maradi in Niger Republic, will boost trade and other socio-economic interaction between both countries and in the continent.
On the implementation of the project, the Minister said a Technical Committee would be set up within seven days in accordance with Article 3 of the MoU, adding that nomination of members and inauguration of the Technical Committee would be concluded by the first week of February 2023.
According to him, after their inauguration, the Technical Committee will take charge of the facilitation and implementation of the project.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Transportation of the Republic of Niger, Alma Oumarou corroborated that the rail project will promote inter-nation as well as continental trade, strengthen cultural ties between the two countries and create jobs.