Portuguese contractor Mota-Engil has been chosen to build a 284 kilometer railway between Nigeria and neighbouring Niger. The USD 1.96 billion deal Sees Mota-Engil building a single-track, standard-gauge line with 12 stations from Kano in northern Nigeria to Maradi in the south of landlocked Niger. The line will give Niger access to Nigeria’s rail network and thus to Nigerian ports.
Funding for the railway was organised by the KFW-IPEX Bank, the Africa Finance Corporation and Credit Suisse, and was approved by Nigeria’s Federal Executive Counci. The line is part of a plan to boost economic growth in the country and aid reconstruction in the northern regions that suffered at the hands of terrorist group Boko Haram in the past decade.