Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has described the Buhari led government’s plan to build the Kano-Kaduna railways as wasteful and misplacement of priorities.
Senator Wamako condemned the FG’s plan to build a 1.2 billion dollars standard gauge railway from Kano to Kaduna.
He said that amount of money can rebuild all the Federal highways in the North West zone.
Wamakko, said all the states in the region including Kano and Kaduna are suffering due to the dilapidated nature of inter-state roads in the region.
“Why build a Kano-Kaduna rail line that will not have a lot of goods to carry?”
He said that that amount of money should be invested to rehabilitate the region’s highways.
“It will ease the movement of goods and save dozens of lives that are being lost daily to the poor state of the roads.”
Wamakko also said the money could additionally help to resuscitate the region’ comatose industries and provide millions of jobs.
Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amechi, disclosed FG’s approval of the said 1.2 billion rail construction project.
Amaechi said the FG was negotiating with China EXIM bank to finance the project.
He also said the negotiation will end by June.
Wamakko argued against the project saying the money should be plunged into sectors that can kick-start the region’s economy.
Wamako was a former governor of Sokoto State.
He is the current the chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.