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Lagos-Kano Rail Line Ready for Freight Operations in June –FG

The federal government said freight services may soon commence operations on the Lagos- Kano narrow gauge rail line in June 2024.

This is even as the contractor, the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), has announced that the line has been linked up to Zawaciki Dala Dry Port, the commercial city of Kano. This was disclosed on Thursday by the project contractors, when the minister of transportation, Sa’id Alkali, visited the site for on the spot inspection of the project in Kano State.

The minister said the commencement of freight operations would preserve the lifespan of the nation’s highways as well as save more Nigerians from dying in auto accidents. The minister expressed satisfaction at the pace of work on the Kano-Maradi standard gauge rail corridor stating that there is marked improvement from what he saw during his first inspection visit to the site. He also disclosed that plans are underway to segment the project for easy, efficient, and faster completion.

The minister also said: “This is the second leg of my inspection since I took over as the minister of Transportation and the essence of the inspection is to see by myself with a team from the minister of Transportation and Engineers from the Railway Corporation.

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