By G9ija

The Federal Government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mota-Engil for the construction of Kano-Maradi and Kano-Dutse rail project.

The contract was signed in Abuja by Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and the Managing Director of Mota-Engil, Antonio Gvoea.

The minister, in his Twitter handle, @ChibuikeAmaechi tweeted: “Today, we signed the contract documents for the commencement of the Kano-Maradi, Kano-Dutse railway project.

“The contractor, Mota-Engil Group, a multinational engineering and construction firm has also agreed to build a university as part of their CSR (corporate social responsibility) while working on the project.”

The reporters gathered that the value of the contract is $1.959 billion, including the Value Added Tax (VAT).

According to the document reporters obtained on the contract, the project will be completed in 36 months, after the design and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) is done.

The project, on completion, will have 21 railway stations.

Mota-Engil is a Portuguese group construction company with a focus in civil construction, public works, port operations, waste, water, and logistics.

Details of the project read: “The Kano-Dambatta-Kazaure-Daura-Mashi-Katsina-Jibiya-Maradi line has an alignment of approximately 283.750km in the northern territory and will connect Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and Niger.

“The Kano-Dutse line has an alignment of approximately 94.000 kilometres in the northern territory and will connect Kano and Jigawa states.”

The route of the rail line will be “starting in Kano,” the document says, as “the corridor of this future railway line runs northwards, parallel to the A2 Kano-Daura road. Then, after bypassing the towns of Dambatta and Kazaure, it continues towards the North to Daura, where it turns westwards and proceeds towards Katsina, crossing the city of Mashi.

“After Katsina, the railway line runs along the A9 road towards Jibiya and the boundary between Nigeria and Niger (Republic) and finally it reaches the neighbourhood of Maradi town.”