FG set to award Lagos-Ibadan railway project – AMAECHI

Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi,
yesterday, disclosed that the Federal Government has concluded plans to award
the contract for the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project.

Amaechi, who said this at the one year memorial lecture in
honour of former General Secretary of Alliance for Credible Election,
ACE-Nigeria, late Comrade Emma Ezeazu, in Abuja, said contracts for Kano-Kaduna
and Calabar-Port Harcourt railway projects would also be signed before the end
of this week.
The memorial lecture with theme: ‘Advancing the Frontiers of
Progressive Governance’, was organised by Emma Ezeazu Mandate Group.
 The former governor
of Rivers State, explained that “the President’s agenda is not just to recover
loots. We are recovering as much as we can. But the president is determined to
create employment. That is why you can see his focus. In transportation, from
Kaduna to Abuja, we have created over 700 workforce. What did I do? I said all
the villages or those communities along the route; I said they should give them
level six down.”
 Speaking further, he
said “their job is to march on that railway from the beginning to the end to
see there was no security breach. The rest of the applicants will go online to
apply for the jobs. They said if we publish it, people will die the way it
happened during immigration recruitment exercise and they will say Amaechi
should resign.
 “This year, we will
start the Lagos-Ibadan, railway project. You know the difference between us and
the rest, we will not say ‘go and start’, we will look for counterpart
funding.”
 On how the project
will be funded, he said “We will bring our counterpart fund as poor as the
country is now and give to the Chinese because their money is already in their
bank account. It is for us to bring our own. If we bring our own, they bring
their own to make sure there is no delay, we will bring all our own to give
them and say ‘go and start work’.”

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