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FG Signs $1.959bn Agreement For Rail-Line Terminating In Niger Republic

The Federal Government has signed an agreement for the construction of $1.959 billion rail project that would terminate in the Niger Republic. This was disclosed on Monday by the Ministry of Transportation via Twitter.



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Federal government of Nigeria

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The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Mota- Engil Group, a multinational engineering and construction company, for the Kano to Maradi rail line project.

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While the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, signed the agreement on behalf of Nigeria the Managing Director of Mota- Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea, signed on behalf of the firm in Abuja.

According to a statement by the spokesman, Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ejiekwe, the Minister said the 283.750-kilometre rail line, besides developing freight and passenger transport, will be integrated with road transport and would make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.

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The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is engineering, procurement and construction.

Amaechi has said the inauguration of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line had been put on hold due to upsurge of COVID-19 in the country.

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According to him, over 60 staff on project site have been infected while trying to complete the project.



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