The Presidency said on Thursday Nigeria was not building a rail line into Niger Republic but to the border between both countries.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, Garba Shehu, made the clarification on his Twitter handle.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had told State House correspondents on Wednesday that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved $1.96bn for the construction of a rail line to link Kano, Dutse, Katsina and Maradi in Niger Republic.
He said: “The second one (approval) is the award of contract for the development of the proposed Kano-Katsina-Jibia to Matadi rail line in Niger Republic and to Dutse, the capital of Jigawa, for a total cost of $1,959,744,723.71, inclusive of 7.5% VAT.”
The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other stakeholders, in their reaction to the announcement, accused the government of misplaced priority.
But Shehu insisted that the plan was to construct the rail line up to the border between Nigeria and the neighbouring West African nation