In August of that year the British government, on administrative, strategic and commercial grounds, came to a decision to build a railway which should place the important cities of Zaria and Kano in direct communication with the perennially navigable waters of the Lower Niger.
From that town a railway connects with the navigable waters of the upper Niger at Bamako (see Senegal: Country, I.).
Of navigable waters in the state), and, by falls and rapids caused by glacial displacement of rivers, furnishing a magnificent volume of water-power.
By means of its navigable waters and safe harbours the state has an extensive coasting trade.