Railway contract: Reps panel to summon Bamanga Tukur, others
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.