President Muhammadu Buhari performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kaduna-Kano standard gauge rail line in Zawacikin town of Kano State. Buhari arrived in Kano via Nigerian Air Force helicopter NAF 540 and was received by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State. During the ceremony, President Buhari said, “The takeoff of construction activities on this segment of the Lagos – Kano vividly represents the commitment of this administration in the revival of Nigerian railway system, to reduce the deficiency in our transportation infrastructure and drive effective and more efficient transportation of passengers and freight within the country.
“The ground breaking ceremony for Kano – Kaduna segment of the Lagos – Kano railway modernisation project signifies an important milestone of the construction of the third segment, having completed and commenced commercial operation on the first segment Abuja – Kaduna and recently the second segment Lagos – Ibadan. This project is crucial to the establishment of a supply chain in railway transport within its corridor, Kano – Kaduna – Abuja, as it links the major commercial cities of Kano and Kaduna to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.”
He also noted that on completion, the Kaduna-Kano rail line will be connected to the Lagos-Ibadan rail line through Abuja, Minna, Ilorin, Oshogbo, Ibadan to Lagos.
“This railway connection when completed will establish the ports in Lagos, as the choice for import and export business of the people of landlocked Niger Republic. This would positively drive our economies through employment from new business opportunities and wealth creation,” he added.
“The railway line will be linked to the second Port in Lagos, the Tin Can Island Port. It is also expected that the Inland Dry Port on these routes will be activated and the ports can now receive imports directly from the international market as ports of destination such as the Ibadan, Kaduna and Kano Inland Dry Ports.”