KANO State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed a contract valued at $555. 2 million for the construction of the first phase of the Kano city light rail, to start from Dawanau in the outskirts of Kano City and terminate at the busy Bata roundabout in the state capital. The total value of the contract, which would entail four routes, each of which would terminate at Bata, is $1.85 million. Governor Ganduje explained that “85 percent of the total contract sum would be sourced from China Exim bank while the balance of 15 percent would be offset by Kano state government.” During a brief ceremony held at the Government House in Kano, Governor Ganduje described the project as “a viable project and a significant milestone,” pointing out that the determination of his government to improve its revenue base was a pointer to the fact that the administration could execute the
project. “This is a project for posterity and I have no doubt that it would enhance the status of Kano as a commercial city, thereby increasing economic opportunities for our people,” he maintained. He emphasised that Kano’s position as an emerging mega city required nothing less than an efficient, safe and reliable transportation system, asserting that the light rail road map for Kano would enhance the wellbeing of the people. Governor Ganduje announced that the project, which has two major components, would be executed in four phases and completed in two years. In his remarks, the chairman, China Railway 18th Bureau Group Ltd., Mr. Peng Shiguo assured that the company would execute a worldclass job. The project would be executed by a joint venture of China Railway 18th Bureau Group Ltd and China Railway Construction Electrification Bureau Group.

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