PHOTOS: Top 6 Projects In Northern Nigeria 

Northern Nigeria, a prominent area in the country, encompasses three geopolitical zones and is home to the capital city, Abuja, as well as the bustling economic hubs of Kaduna and Kano.

Despite being the largest landmass in Nigeria, it typically lags behind other regions in terms of development. However, several ambitious projects are underway in northern Nigeria that are expected to catalyze significant transformation in the region.

Number 6, Abuja – kaduna – Kano highway.

This 375-kilometer highway links the Federal capital territory, Abuja, to the commercial hub, Kano, serving as a vital segment of the A2 road network. Its construction cost, totaling 779 billion naira, makes it the priciest project in Northern Nigeria and the second most expensive road endeavor in Nigeria’s history.

Under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, a new funding model has been committed to ensuring the timely completion of the final phase by 2026.

Number 5, Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline.

The Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline, spanning 614km, aims to link gas supplies from the Niger Delta through Ajaokuta, extending to the FCT, Kaduna, and ultimately Kano. This ambitious project carries a price tag of $2.8 billion, with approximately $2.5 billion financed by Chinese banks.

This project will massively boost industrialization in kano, kaduna and Abuja. Bringing them closer to the level of the southern counterparts.

Number 4, Gwagwalada power plant.

Situated in Gwagwalada, in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, the Gwagwalada Power Plant stands as a significant energy infrastructure project, showcasing Nigeria’s commitment to energy diversification and sustainability. Using primarily natural gas, the plant not only reduces emissions but also ensures consistent power supply.

Spearheaded by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, this project integrates with the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline. With a $2 billion investment, this pipeline seeks to transport gas from southern to northern Nigeria, further strengthening the nation’s energy infrastructure.

Number 3, Kaduna – kano rail line.

A new rail line linking Kaduna to Kano is under construction in Northern Nigeria. This segment is part of the larger Lagos-Kano rail project, connecting the Lagos port to Kano. Spanning approximately 203km, the rail is being constructed by China’s Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC). It features a double-track system to accommodate higher train traffic and facilitate easier management. The project’s estimated cost is $1.2 billion.

Number 2, Kano maradi railine.

This ambitious rail project in Nigeria carries a staggering construction cost of $2 billion, covering 285 kilometers to link Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, and Maradi in Niger Republic.

overseen by Mota Engil, this is the most expensive rail project ever built and set for completion in 2025.

These rail lines are expected to revolutionize travel between major northern Nigerian cities and form a crucial part of the broader Lagos to Kano rail initiative, enhancing connectivity from Lagos port to Kano and extending to Maradi.

Number 1, Abuja metro line rehabilitation.

The Abuja Light Rail is West Africa’s first metro line, consisting of two phases. Phase one, launched in 2018, covers 45.24 kilometers, connecting Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to the city’s central business district. Phase two is set to further expand Abuja’s coverage.

Despite challenges, including a suspension of passenger services in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The FCT minister is dedicated to rejuvenating the rail system and completing subsequent phases.

The planned network spans 290 kilometers across six phases or lots, with construction completed on Lots 1 and 3.

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