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I Begged Niger Republic To Allow Nigeria Construct Railway – Amaechi Reveals

Written by Rey Jeremiah

Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, has disclosed that he begged the government of Niger Republic to allow Nigeria to construct the $1.95 billion railway from Kano State into Maradi.

Nigeria plans to construct a railway line that would start from Kano to Dutse-Katsina through Jibia and end in Maradi, Niger Republic.

However, Amaechi said he personally traveled to Niger Republic to ensure the government allowed the railway project’s construction.

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Speaking on Channels Television, the Minister disclosed that Nigeria would foot the bill for the construction of the project.

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The Minister lamented that some critics think that he was serving a Northern interest.

Amaechi said:

“The worst is that they will say I am serving the interest of the North. Let’s assume that is the argument you will make.

“The worst I can do is stop at Jibia which is the border.

“To even get to Maradi, I had to travel to Niger Republic to even beg them.

“They are not bringing their money. It is our money. But I’m begging them to allow me access into Maradi.”

 

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