Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday said that the Kano- Kaduna rail project would commence in July.
Amaechi made the disclosure when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje in Kano.
“Kano-Kaduna railway project will commence between now and July and the project will head to Lagos through Ibadan,”he said.
The minister said that the Federal Government would link Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic.
“Kano can also be a hub, which will grow the economy and also create job opportunities for its teeming youths,”he said.
Amaechi said that the ministry, however, rejected the design for train station in Kano for a bigger and better one like that of Lagos.
“We are going to build a big and modern rail station that will contain the volume of cargo and human trafficking that will pass through Kano.
“Kano is important to Nigeria and also important to railway sector and we try to see how we can bring maritime sector into the state,”he said.
The minister, who was in Kano to commission North-West zonal office of Nigeria Shippers Council, said the office was sited in Kano because of the economic activities of the state.
Amaechi restated the federal government’s commitment to developing transport infrastructure in the country.