The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the extension of the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano will start this month.
Mr Amaechi disclosed this during the commissioning of the Lagos – Ibadan rail yesterday where President Muhammadu Buhari performed the commissioning exercise.
He said, “We have about three or four projects. This month, we will start Kano-Kaduna, and then we will also start Port Harcourt-Maiduguri which also is CCECC, and then Kano-Maradi.
“The celebration is not enough, it is the impact it would have on the economy; the goods and services, the personnel it would have to move in record time. “While we are celebrating that, we are not happy that up till now the China Exim Bank is yet to approve the loan for Ibadan to Kano because we need to start that and complete it quickly because that is my fear. “We are grateful that the Chinese government through the China Exim Bank was able to give us the loan at a concessionary rate to construct from the seaport down to Ibadan.
“We hope that we get money to be able to construct a route from Ibadan to Kano so that we can complete the track and make sure that business takes place,” he stated.