Tue. Jul 27th, 2021

Lagos – Kano Railway Modernization Project in progress

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As we witness the progress of the 25 year approved vision by the Federal Government signed approximately 20years, Nigeria is moving towards a brighter dawn in the Transportation sector…..The stipulated time is finally getting to it’s peak.

Here is brief on the project by Federal Ministry of Transportation

BRIEF ON LAGOS – KANO RAILWAY MODERNIZATION PROJECT (IBADAN – KANO SEGMENT)


In line with the 25 year strategic vision approved by the Federal Government for Rail Transportation in 2002, the Lagos – Kano Railway Modernization Project Contract was signed on 30th October 2006. The design and construction was assigned to Chinese company Messrs China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Nigeria Limited
The scope of work of the Lagos – Kano Railway Modernization Contract encompassed Design, Construction and Maintenance period. On October 22, 2009, Messrs CCECC and the Federal Ministry of Transportation of Nigeria signed the supplementary agreement of the first segment of the corridor with the implementation of Nigerian Railway Modernization Project (Abuja-Kaduna segment). The contract covers construction of the single-track railway of 186.5km. The project commenced in February 2011 and the traffic operation officially started on July 26, 2016.


On August 28, 2012, Messrs CCECC and the Federal Ministry of Transportation signed the supplementary agreement of the second segment of the corridor for the implementation of the Nigerian Railway Modernization Project (Lagos-Ibadan segment). The contract covered the construction of double-track railway of 156.8km.


Furthermore, on December 22, 2016, Messrs CCECC and the Federal Ministry of Transportation of Nigeria signed the supplementary agreement of the Apapa Port Branch Line Project of Lagos-Ibadan Railway Project. The contract covered construction of the railway track of 8.57km.


In the same vein, the proposed Ibadan – Kano was signed on April 17, 2019 and the segment traverses Oyo, Osun, Kwara, Niger, Abuja, Kaduna and Kano state.

The segment is to be implemented in three addendums namely;


Kaduna – Kano Segment
This is addendum No. 3, the contractor shall carry out the survey, design, procurement, manufacture, construction, installation, testing, training, pre-operation and maintenance for the execution of contract of 203 kilometres from Kaduna to Kano standard gauge single track railway including associated structures under the addendum No. 3.


Ibadan – Minna Segment
This is addendum No. 4 – 1, the contractor shall carry out the survey, design, procurement, manufacture, construction, installation, testing, training, pre-operation and maintenance for the execution of contract of 460 kilometres from Ibadan to Minna standard gauge single track railway including associated structures under the addendum No.4 -1.


Minna – Abuja Segment
This is addendum No. 5, the contractor shall carry out the survey, design, procurement, manufacture, construction, installation, testing, training, pre-operation and maintenance for the execution of contract of 127 kilometres from Minna to Abuja standard gauge single track railway including associated structures under the addendum No.5.


COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS, JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC IMPACT PROJECTIONS OF THE PROJECTS TO THE CITIZENRY
A. Cost Benefit Analysis/ Job Creation
Direct Benefits
From the feasibility study performed, it will create job opportunities by increasing the capacity of 5779 railway workers, while an average local employment of 3 persons/km along the project would be stimulated. It will also create jobs for petty traders that will be selling during the course of construction and during operation;
Connection to the Apapa port to increase freight activities from the port within the South and North region thereby increasing revenue flows to Government through increased economic activity and attendant tax revenue;


Haulage of several tonnes of freight from Apapa port to the North, will decongest the port, reduce traffic on the highway which in turn will increase the lifespan of the road. Also, the railway will provide quick means of transport for the Agro Allied companies and farmers within the corridor to move their goods within the corridor ( Lagos – Abeokuta – Ibadan, Ilorin – Minna – Abuja – Kaduna – Zaria and Kano);


Travel Time and passenger/freight fare savings: In terms of travel time saving for passenger and freight volume, the estimated travel time from Lagos – Kano by the proposed railway line is approximate nine (9) hours when compared to highway transport it saves at least three (3) hours travel time;


The overall objective is that the cost of freight haulage will be lesser, thereby impacting positively to the social economic lives of the people;
Decongestion of Lagos Port due to its direct link also less traffic on the usage of road thereby improving the life span of the road network and maintenance cost.

Indirect Benefits
The indirect benefits are as follows;
Promoting the export of agricultural and mineral products, and transporting imported materials to the inland areas;
Strengthening the links between coastal port cities and other inland areas;
The project will provide logistics efficiency between ports and the hinterland, enabling the link between road and rail to be more hub-and-spoke;
Reduction in air pollution, for which pollution of railways carrying the same amount of traffic is much less than that of road transport.

B. Economic Impact Projections
To ensure that all the standard gauge railways are viable, the Federal Government considered linkage of all the Sea Ports to the rail lines traversing the major commercial hubs and industrial layouts;
Upon completion, it will be beneficial in undertaking the evacuation tasks from the Lagos Port to significant economic towns such as Abeokuta, Ibadan, Ilorin, Minna, the capital Abuja, Kaduna, Zaria and Kano;


The Lagos – Kano is expected to be linked directly to our neighbouring country in the North (Niger Republic) vide the proposed Kano – Maradi Railway Line which will positively impact on the socio economic lives of both countries.

In addition, the linkage with the Kano – Maradi Rail Line besides developing freight & passenger service and integrating it with road transport, will make a significant contribution to the enhancement of the economy and will be an important development in the social sector of the inhabitants along the Rail Line. Based on the feasibility study carried out on the project route, the estimated population that will be positively impacted by the Rail Line is approximately 9million people.

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