OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has resolved to probe the application of billions of naira utilized under the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE- P) funding for rail rehabilitation projects under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

In this wise, the House set up a an ad-hoc committee to investigate the activities of the Ministry of Transport, management of SURE-P, the Nigerian Railway Cooperation (NRC) and all contractors handling the rail rehabilitation projects from 2010 to 2014.

This followed a motion sponsored by Mr. Solomon Ahwinahwi (PDP, Delta State) entitled “need to investigate the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Nigeria Railway Corporation on the award of contracts for rehabilitation of railway tracks, maintenance of bridges and procurement/rehabilitation of coaches and locomotives from 2010 – 2014.”

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The lawmaker expressed doubts over the authenticity of claims of funding invested into the projects so far, saying for instance that “the Abuja – Kaduna rail project had 841 million US dollars as the project cost, out of which the China EXIM Bank provided a loan of 500 million US dollars with about 25 per cent of the project completed when the entire project was envisaged to be have been completed in 2014.”

The lawmaker also pointed that the “Lagos-Jebba track rehabilitation project was awarded at a contract sum of N12, 293, 390, 000 with the payments made so far at N11, 699, 999, 218 without any tangible work done.”

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