Rail­way re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion a fail­ure – Reps

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives said yesterday that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to the re­sus­ci­ta­tion of rail­way lines across the coun­try by sink­ing bil­lions of naira has not yielded any re­sult thus far.

The House said var­i­ous con­tracts en­tered by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment as well as the sub­se­quent com­mit­ment to the coun­ter­part fund­ing by the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment have not yet paid off since “Lo­co­mo­tives and Coaches run­ning on the na­tion’s tracks are still a relic of mod­ern rail­way trans­port.”

The res­o­lu­tion was ar­rived at by the law­mak­ers fol­low­ing a mo­tion spon­sored by Rep Solomon Ah­winahwi (PDP, Delta), who asked the lower cham­ber to open in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the roles of the trans­port min­istry, SURE-P and the Nige­ria Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion (NRC) in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion con­tracts.

“The level of per­for­mance with re­spect to the 463km Port Har­court - Markurdi rail track re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the eastern line with the to­tal sum of N19, 963, 752, 330 and out of which the NRC has paid N4, 017, 054, 841, 00, while SURE - P paid N5, 594, 021, 377 and only about 3km of bal­last has been done with 400km left un­done and the to­tal money re­leased so far is N9, 611, 076, 218,” he said among other con­tracts.

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