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Contractors express security concern over Kano-Kaduna rail project

Contractors in charge of Kano-Kaduna rail project have expressed concern over the high rate of insecurity in the area and asked for collaboration with the military,

According to the project’ contractors, 22.6 percent of the work has been achieved so far.

The contractors reported that two of their staff members were abducted just two months ago along Tashar Yari in Kaduna state’s Makarfi Local Government area.

The minister of transportation, Senator Sa’idu Ahmed Alkali, requested that the contractors on the Kano-Kaduna rail project to check the metal clips they are utilizing to secure the rail track.

He gave the order when he inspected the construction site in Makarfi Local Government area of Kaduna state on Saturday. He said doing so will help prevent the rail from vandals and thieves.

“We came to see by ourself, you know seeing is believing. We are able to appraise the performance of the contractors of Kano-Kaduna rail project. You can see as we stand here, we started raining some little observations in the clips they are using. We asked them to use anti-theft clips so that they cannot be easily removed. Although this project has security challenge, Nigerians should expect us to deliver in the shortest possible time,” he explained.

The project was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) in 2021.

Writing by Abdullahi Jalaluddeen; Editing by Jennifer Ogor and Daniel