Kano signs $1.8 billion light rail contract with Chinese firm‎

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

The Kano State Government has signed contracts valued at $1.8 billion with China Railway Construction Group C18 for the construction of light rail line in the state.‎

‎Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje signed the contract at a brief ceremony on Wednesday in Kano.

Mr. Ganduje said the first phase of the construction was billed to take two years, while the second phase of the four-line rail was expected to take another two years.‎

He added that the project would‎ improve the transport system within the state, as well as drive economic activities in the state.

The governor explained that “the project is part of grand design to upgrade Kano to the status of a truly great city, as it will significantly ease movement of goods and services.

“Upon completion, the light rail is expected to cover Janguza-Bata, Jogana-Bata, Dawanau-Bata and Kwanar Dawaki-Bata routes in Kano city.”

He added that a Chinese Bank would provide 85 per cent of the total sum, while the Kano State Government would pay the remaining 15 per cent.

He said that the first phase of the project from Dawanau to Bata would cost 555 million Dollars.

The Chairman of the company, Ben Shinxo, assured the state government of the company’s readiness to complete the projects in two years as this would benefit the public.‎



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  • Maliki

    This is one contract that is ill -conceived, arranged to benefit “consultants” and currupt politicians. In this type of contract, the “first line of charge” is the consultancy fees. The poor citizens of Kano and those yet unborn will be ripped off. Their future has been mortgaged, nay- stolen, by the current insensitive, clueless and thievery political leadership.

  • Curious K

    Light rail seems to be the new “slogan” for governors to embezzle public funds, they are no longer building airports due to aviation sector crises. Has anyone asked former governor Amaechi were his own light rail is taken commuters to?