House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Transport and Railway yesterday raised alarm that eight of the contractors handling the rail project from 2010 to 2014 have no fixed address.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that in one of its sittings, the House resolved to set up the committee with the mandate to investigate the activities of the Federal Ministry of Transport, the management of Sure-P, the management of Nigeria Railway Corporation and all contractors handling the rail projects.
Giving insight on how far the committee had gone on the probe, chairman of the committee, Hon Johnson Agbonayinma expressed frustration that despite all its letters and invitations, the contractors had not honoured its invitation.
He hinted that Costain West Africa Plc was awarded N12.2bn contract for the rehabilitation of Jebba to Kano narrow gauge line, while the N19bn contract for the rehabilitation of Port Harcourt to Makurdi narrow gauge line awarded to Eser Constracting and Industry Company, Eser West Africa Limited and Eser Nigeria Contracting Company Limited had been abandoned.
Agbonayinma said they had gone to the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, with the intention of getting their addresses, but to no avail and further said they would soon issue the Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, a bench warrant to produce these contractors.
Agbonayinma lamented that there was no way they could fold their hands and watch billions of Naira go down the drain in the name of contract not executed.
“We are frustrated because it seems these contractors are ghosts. We have even gone to CAC. These contractors must appear and failure to appear, we will issue bench warrant.
“Some of these contractors don’t even have addresses in Nigeria, while some gave fake address. We have the NRC. We issue them a warrant to bring these contractors. NRC was the one that awarded these contracts. They must produce them or be held responsible.
“We will do everything necessary within the law to track them down. I am challenging NRC to make sure that these contractors are brought in our next meeting,” Agbonayinma stated.
The lawmaker noted that he had visited some of the projects sites and promised to visit more sites before concluding its report.

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