Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi says Kano State will house the biggest railway station in the country.
He made the declaration when a delegation from Kano State, led by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, visited him in Abuja to discuss the railway and Inland Dry Port (IDP) projects in the state.
Amaechi said: “We have two major projects we want to do in Kano; the first being the standard gauge rail line from Kano to Kaduna.
“We are applying to Kano State Government to give us land to build the biggest rail station in Nigeria; it is the biggest station because we are combining two rail lines.
“The first is the Kano-Maradi rail line, which will empty in Kano and then, the second one is Kano-Kaduna line, which will also empty in Kano.
“Don’t forget the station we are building in Kano will be the station that will take passengers from Lagos to Kano.
“If you combine Kano-Maradi and Lagos-Kano rail lines, you will know that the volume of passengers you will get in a week will be about a million passengers.”
The minister said that there would be an expansion in the concept of the Kano Station, which was largely the same framework as the Lagos Station, adding, however, that it had more space than the Lagos Station.
He noted that the visit of the Kano delegation was also an opportunity to deliberate on the Dala Inland Dry Port, whose construction had already reached an advanced stage.
He said the ministry’s delegation would on March 5 visit the site to ascertain the level of work and how the ministry could further support the realisation of the project.
Earlier, Ganduje said that the state government had contributed about N2.5 billion to the dry port project to ensure its speedy completion and commercialisation.
“We are investing about N2.5 billion; we are providing access road; we are also providing other social amenities, just to contribute our own quota.
“That project was conceived 20 years ago but it never materialised until during our time.
“So, I make sure that this project is a reality and in order to do that, we have to provide enabling environment by contributing our own quota.
“So, we are happy with the developers because they have gone far and we are happy with the honourable minister of transportation because he has given maximum cooperation in assisting to see that the Kano State Dala Inland Dry Port becomes a reality,” he said.
The governor noted that the project would spur economic development, not only for Kano and its neighbouring states but also for Niger, Cameron and Chad, among others.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Dala Inland Dry Port, Abubakar Bawuro, said that everything had been put in place to ensure the speedy completion, viability and use of the dry port.
He said that the project, which would be ready very soon, would further boost commercial relations between Nigeria and the Niger Republic.
Bawuro said that extensive work had been accomplished in key areas of the port project, including the stacking area of the port’s containers, the warehouse, the administrative block, electricity supply and the access roads network.
More than N5 billion has been spent on the inland dry port project.