A member of the House of Representatives, Representative Sada Soli (APC-Katsina), says that the proposed Kano-Katsina-Jibia railway line to Maradi in the Republic of Niger and Dutse-Jigawa would boost economic development in the region.
In an interview with journalists, Soli said that those who oppose the idea and criticize the government for the initiative do not know much about the volume of trade that takes place in the region.
He said the railway lines, which cost a total of $ 1.95 billion, would facilitate the movement of goods and services in accordance with the ECOWAS Treaty, to which Nigeria is a signatory.
“Then the attached rail component will improve trade, guarantee the movement of goods and services that is in line with the ECOWAS treaty, which we have signed.
“This railway does not go to the Republic of Niger; It goes to the border between Nigeria and Niger, where there is a container terminal built by the Nigerian government.
“We have our immigration there and from time to time they unload goods there.
“It is easier to transport, it would help our roads; You know that a double track road is being built from Kano to Jibia, if we don’t have the railway, how do you save it?
“There is no state in the north that does not go to Kano for some form of commercial transaction and the road from Kano to the Republic of Niger is a trans-Saharan highway.
“So the people who say there is no economic viability say so because they don’t know the volume of trade that takes place in Kano.
“There is what is called the silk road from China to Europe if we have the capacity, there is no reason why the Nigerian government cannot build a railway from Nigeria through the West African region, because it is for our profit, “he said.
Soli said similar developments were taking place in other parts of the country and there was no reason why no region should be left out.
“This government has come with the initiative that would expand and expand opportunities for citizens; Are you saying that the people of Kano and Katsina are not Nigerians?
“Don’t they deserve anything to improve the economy?
“Has anyone from Katsina complained about the construction of the Second Niger Bridge, someone from Sokoto or Kano complained about the Lagos-Ibadan or Itakpe South-South railway, did anyone ask about the feasibility?
“We must not allow all these trivial things to hinder the problems that will help this nation to develop, guarantee and improve the quality of our people,” he said.
Speaking about the state of insecurity, Soli, who is the chairman of the House Water Resources Committee, advised law enforcement agencies not to back down in their effort to crush criminals.
He urged the security agencies not to be discouraged, but to maintain their interventions in the country’s conflictive areas.
“The issue of insecurity is quite regrettable in the country, our security forces are doing everything possible; somehow, in my opinion, I think they are overwhelmed.