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‘Misplaced Priority’ – PDP Reacts To FG’s Plan To Spend $1.9b On Kano-Niger Republic Rail


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Nigeria’s major opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has condemned plans by the federal government to construct a rail line linking Kano State to the Niger Republic.

It will be recalled Naija News earlier reported that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its meeting on Wednesday, 23rd September, approved the sum of $1.96 billion to construct the 248-kilometre railway line from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic.

Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi disclosed this to State House Correspondents after this week’s FEC meeting which held at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

The rail line, which will start from Kano, is to pass through Dambatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina, Jibia and terminate in Maradi, Niger Republic.

However, the PDP in a reaction to the development, said the President Muhammadu Buhari regime has never got its priorities right.

The party noted that the decision to construct a railway line linking Kano to Niger Republic is another proof of the misplacement of priorities by the administration.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a telephone interview with The PUNCH, in Abuja, stated, “The problem of this regime is that it has never got its priorities right and at the end of the day, Nigerians are the ones who suffer from these poor choices by these people.

“Let’s even look at it from the point of view of the economy. What is the economic benefit of this project to Nigeria. The Nigerian economy, as it is today, is not in a state to contain this kind of wasteful spending.”