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Nigerian govt to execute Kano-Niger Republic rail project, others in 2020

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Federal Government has earmarked the sum of N67.165 billion in the 2020 budget as funds to be spent on seven railway projects across the country.

The projects, according to the budget, include the construction of rail line from Kano-Katsina-Jibiya -Maradi in the Niger Republic.

Other projects include Lagos – Kano railway project; Calabar – Lagos rail project, Ajaokuta-Itakpe-Aladja (Warri), Port Harcourt – Maiduguri and Abuja-Itakpe and Aladja (Warri) project.

According to a report by the Vanguard, the Ministry of Transport said the funds are the Federal Government’s share of counterpart funding for the railway projects, which would also include the construction of a deep seaport, industrial park, and port harbour.

The Warri port and refinery, including Warri new harbor; Bonny deep seaport; Port Harcourt industrial park and other rail projects are also captured in the estimates.

Furthermore, the ministry also planned to spend N500 million on clearing of water hyacinths, floating debris and wastes among others, along the Lagos waterways from Agbara to Epe in 2020.

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