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FG to complete Lagos-Ibadan railway in December

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has again assured Nigerians that the Lagos-Ibadan railway will be delivered December, 2018.

The minister, who confirmed 60 per cent status of the project during his recent monthly tour, said 12 kilometres of the 156-kilometre track had been laid by the contractor, China Civil Aviation Construction Company (CCECC).

The former equipment and materials to the site in July 2018, having been paid a 15% mobilization fee by the NPA.

“Till date, this convicted company is believed to have won jobs worth at least N717 billion from the NPA. It still maintains offices in Nigeria and continually enjoys government patronage from the same NPA whose officials are alleged to be beneficiaries of the bribe for which it was convicted.

“Curiously, the company still maintains the Bonny Channel Dredging contract in Nigeria for which it was convicted in Switzerland,” the statement read.

It added that the Bonny Channel Company Limited, (BCCL), a special purpose vehicle established by the NPA and DISC for the execution of the Bonny Chanel dredging, had NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Usman, as its Chairman and Bert Willie, the Managing of DISC, as its Managing Director.

The group alleged that the existing relationship, which was a conflict of interest, was not disclosed to other bidders for the job.

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