Kano Awards $1.8m Light Rail Contract


Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

The Kano State Government monday awarded a contract for the construction of the first ever Kano metropolitan light rail at the cost $1.8 million.

The state Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Alhaji Shehu Haruna Lambu, said the project would be executed through foreign investors of which 85 per cent of the total cost would be sourced from the foreign investors, while 15 per cent of the amount would be sourced locally.

He said the four areas the proposed light rail would spread across within the metropolis are Dawanu to Bata, Kwanar Dawaki to Bata, as well as Janguza Barracks to Bata and Jogana to Bata.

Also, Lambu disclosed that the project is expected to be completed within 24 months, with the hope of providing commuters in the metropolis a better and hitch-free access to transportation, as well as enhance economic activities in the state.

Responding on behalf of the company awarded the contract, its Managing Director, Mr. Wei Guo Qin, commended Governor Abduallahi Umar Ganduje for his people-oriented programmes.

Qin promised to comply with the specific guidelines of the contract, including the timely completion of the project.