Reps query contractors handling Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Rail line project

The House of Representatives ad hoc committee, has queried contractors handling the N1.5 trillion Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Rail Line project for failing to complete the job awarded to them in 2012.

Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi inspecting a railway project. [CRO]

Rep. Abubakar Malaraba, Chairman of the Committee, announced the query at an investigative hearing of the committee in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the hearing was to unravel the causes for the delay in the execution of the project.

He urged the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to explain the rationale behind the delay in completing the project.

Mr Niyi Ali, Director of Operation, NRC, said the eastern line of Port Harcourt -Maiduguri Rail was awarded in 2011 and divided into three segments.

Ali said the first line was from Port Harcourt to Makurdi which was awarded to ESER Contracting Industry Limited at N19.5 billion.

He added that the second rail line was from Makurdi to Kuru in Jos and was awarded to CGGC Global Projects Nigeria Ltd at N24.4 billion to be completed in 10 months.

He said that the third phase was awarded to LINGO Nigeria Ltd from Kuru to Maiduguri at the cost of N23.7 billion to be completed in 10 months.

He said the job executed by ESER was 88.1 per cent completed, while that of CGGC was 90.35 per cent completed, adding that LINGO’s job was 42.3 per cent completed.

He said the three companies were fully mobilised, adding that CGGC got 90.35 per cent payment, while LINGO got 42 per cent payment in addition to ESER which got 88.1 per cent payment.

He said however, that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) decided to reconstruct the rail line and also added additional connection which increased the contract sum to 3.5 billion dollars.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the investigation was not to witch-hunt or cast aspersion at anybody but to ensure proper accountability of the resources allocated to the project.


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