Nigerian Government to complete rail projects soon- Amaechi

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The Nigerian Government has pledged to complete all on-going rail projects before the end of this year.

The Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi revealed this before the House of Representatives Committee on Transport, investigating railway contracts awarded in the past five years.

Mr. Amaechi also said government was waiting for the passage of the 2016 budget to complete the projects.

Former chairman of the Nigeria Railway Corporation Bello Haliru Mohammed who appeared before the committee had denied any wrong doing during his tenure from 2009 to 2011.

Alhaji Bello, who was the acting chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees said: “my mandate was to make sure railway start to function after 25 years. The board had therefore had got to start almost from the scratch to get the rail tracks and the signals system back into service and to acquire the necessary rolling stock.”

The Committee is investigating the award of contracts for the rehabilitation of rail tracks, procurement and rehabilitation of coaches and locomotives worth over one trillion Naira.

The committee had engaged two former chairmen of the NRC board Bamanga Tukur and Abubakar Kawu Baraje last December on the matter, where they denied complicity on the matter.