The Kano State Government, Nigeria, is considering the development of the Kano city light rail through a PPP project.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, announced it during an interactive session involving members of the state executive council and the company engaged to handle the project, CCECC Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, at the Government House in Kano.
According to Ganduje, the project is a necessity because of the high population of Kano, even as it is gradually assuming the status of a mega city, explaining that the rail would provide a high speed, convenient, eco-friendly and safe mode of transportation for the teeming commuters.
The project, which would be executed in four lots, covers 76.4 km and entails 35 stations, 36.4 km of railway bridges, 25 pedestrian overpasses and 10 road bridges among others.
Kano State government had recently inaugurated an Urban Mass Transit Committee to, among others, assess the state urban transportation master plan, review all instruments for implementation of sustainable urban mass transit and identify development partners and possible funding options for success implementation of the proposed mass transit scheme.
Kano State is a state located in North-Western Nigeria and the most populous state of the Nigerian Federation. Created on May 27, 1967 from part of the Northern Region. The capital of the state is Kano City.