The President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi, has promised to construct railway line and a road to link up with Nigeria through Kebbi State. He has also proposed to build a dry port at Ilwa where the country also shares border with Nigeria.
This was disclosed to newsmen yesterday by the chief press secretary to Governor Bagudu of Kebbi State, Alh. Abubakar Muazu following Governor Bagudu’s two days official visit to Benin Republic.
He said the essence of the visit was to encourage economic and cultural ties between Nigeria and Benin which share a common border with Kebbi. The visit was on the directives of Presiden Buhari, who mandated Governor Bagudu to visit the Benin president and explore ways of strengthening bilateral relations with the country.
He further explained that the railway line would start from Cotonou and Madakali , a border town with Nigeria and the construction of roads would also boost economic ties between the two countries.
“President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic told Governor Bagudu while in Benin that he considers Nigeria as a big brother in the African continent, thus the need to strengthen their bilateral relations,” he said.