The completion of Kano to Kaduna Rail Line project extended until 2024..

    The Kano-Kaduna rail line project, inaugurated by former President Buhari in July 2021 and initiated on April 14, 2022, has encountered various setbacks, leading to concerns that it may not be completed until 2024.

    The project’s official completion deadline is set for June 30th, 2023.


    Progress on the Kano-Kaduna rail line project has been impeded by a range of challenges, including security issues in the region. Furthermore, the removal of fuel subsidies in May resulted in the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Limited (CCECC), withdrawing its vehicles from the construction site.

    Although some sources suggest that the project has achieved less than 45 percent completion, the contractor, CCECC, recently clarified to Minister of Transport Saidu Alkali that it had reached a completion rate of 22.6 percent. Nevertheless, they expressed concerns about the security challenges faced during construction.

    The modern railway project spans 200.11 kilometers and is designed for a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour. The project’s estimated cost is $1.2 billion.

    The primary objective of the project is to facilitate the extension of the North-West segment of the Abuja-Kaduna railway and enhance connectivity between cities and surrounding areas. Additionally, the rail line is expected to boost the export of agricultural products and mineral resources and facilitate the efficient movement of passengers, particularly those in the middle-income bracket.

    Starting from Zawaciki and passing through Kanwa town in Madobi Local Government Area of Kano State, the rail line will connect with neighboring towns and villages along the Kano-Kaduna axis, eventually linking to the Kano-Zaria Road. It will then proceed to the Tashar Yari area, where the largest stations are expected to be located. The rail line will further extend to connect with the Zaria train station before reaching the Rigasa train station in Kaduna.

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