Rail­way con­tract: Reps panel to sum­mon Ba­manga Tukur, oth­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

A House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives panel is to sum­mon former na­tional chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Al­haji Ba­manga Tukur over a N1.69 tril­lion rail­way con­tract, it was learnt yes­ter­day.

Also to be sum­moned is a chieftain of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) Abubakar Kawu Baraje.

Tukur was the im­me­di­ate past chair­man of the Nige­ria Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion (NRC) board, while Baraje served be­fore Tukur. They are to ex­plain their roles in the con­tract.

Also to be sum­moned are of­fi­cials of the fed­eral min­istry of trans­port and the Sub­sidy Re-in­vest­ment and Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme (SURE-P), source at the panel said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­lowed res­o­lu­tion by the House last week af­ter adopt­ing a mo­tion by Rep Solomon Ah­winawhi (PDP, Delta).

Con­se­quently, Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara con­sti­tuted an ad-hoc com­mit­tee, headed by Rep Ehiozuwa Ag­bonay­ima (PDP, Edo) to probe the mat­ter.

A mem­ber of the panel fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said Tukur and Baraje are likely to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee be­cause they both su­per­vised the con­tract as chair­men of the rail­way board.

The law­maker said that former trans­port min­is­ter Sen­a­tor Umar Idris also had ex­pla­na­tions to make be­fore the com­mit­tee as he su­per­vised the con­tract while serv­ing as a cabi­net mem­ber.

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