The Prime Minister, H.E. Brigi Rafini, visited the different railroad construction sites in the Birni area on Sunday, September 6th, in an attempt to enquire about the progress of the construction project and to witness first-hand the railway bypass in Birni N’gaouré.
Accompanied by the Minister of Equipment, H.E. Ibrahima Nomao, the Director of Railway Infrastructures of Niger, Mr. Diakité Daouda, the Governor of the region of Dosso, Mr. Abdoulaye Issa, the Prefect of Birni N’Gaouré, Mr. Inoussa Saouna and several members of his cabinet, the Prime Minister congratulated the Bolloré Group leadership for the deviation alternative.
Welcomed by the Secretary General of the Blueline Niger Project, Mr. Moulaye Abdoulrahamane, and the entire Blueline Niger workforce upon his arrival, the Prime Minister first visited the swampy area of Birni; an area which will soon be crossed by the railway
At the end of the tour, the Prime Minister visited the PK 76 construction site, where he was able to chat with Nigerien employees who have participated in the adventure alongside the Bolloré Group for over a year. He went on to note that he was very pleased with the major skills transfer program initiated by the Bolloré group in Niger through the railway construction project.
“Niger has finally and irreversibly joined the category of countries that have made development a priority. The sustainability of a country without rails can only be questioned. The project site that I just visited reassures and makes me proud to see that our country has resolutely and permanently embarked on the path of progress towards ending isolation. I thank and congratulate the Bolloré Group, which took great risks by using its own funds to build such a vital infrastructure for Niger. This undertaking deserves the support of our government, and that is what we are exactly doing, in the best interest of Niger, for both present and future generations.”
Brigi Rafini, Prime Minister of Niger