Railway rehabilitation a failure – Reps
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.