FG ap­proves 60% lo­cal con­tent for rail­way projects

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

The Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil has ap­proved a lo­cal con­tent pol­icy for the on­go­ing LagosIbadan stan­dard gauge rail project

Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion, Mr. Ro­timi Amaechi dis­closed this while mon­i­tor­ing the progress of work on the $1.5bn project.

At the monthly project brief­ing yes­ter­day were the Sec­re­tary to the La­gos State Govern­ment, Mr Olatunji Bello, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of La­gos Metropoli­tan Area Trans­porta­tion Author­ity (LAMATA) Mr Abio­dun Dabiri, for La­gos State Govern­ment, the Ogun State Com­mis­sioner for Works and In­fra­struc­ture Mr Olalekan Adeg­bite, Chair­man of the Nige­rian Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion (NRC), Engr Us­man Abubakar, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, and staff of CCECC, the con­trac­tor han­dling the project.

Un­der the lo­cal con­tent pol­icy, he said the con­trac­tor has been di­rected to en­sure that noth­ing less than 60 per­cent is re­served for lo­cal sourc­ing of man­power.

The in­tent, ac­cord­ing to him, is to gen­er­ate more jobs for Nige­ri­ans, say­ing, when all the rail­way projects are fully on stream, no fewer than 7,000 di­rect and in­di­rect jobs would be cre­ated.

He noted that in line with this com­mit­ment, he was at Ajaokuta on Mon­day, where he gave a march­ing order for the com­ple­tion of the Ajaokuta-Warri Stan­dard Gauge rail line.

Amaechi added that an ap­proval has also been given for the com­ple­tion of the GombeMaiduguri rail line which was the fi­nal leg of the East­ern Rail line which starts from Port Har­court, Rivers state.

He said: “We are de­ter­mined to lessen the pains of the re­ces­sion and spend on our­selves for the ac­tu­al­iza­tion of the var­i­ous prom­ises we made to Nige­ri­ans. In the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion, we are com­mit­ted to ac­tu­al­is­ing the pres­i­den­tial di­rec­tive which was to en­sure that all state cap­i­tals are con­nected to rail be­fore the end of its ten­ure. But this can­not be achieved in a hurry, peo­ple need to give us time.”

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