Rotimi Amaechi in $2billion rail contract scandal, faces Senate questioning

Mr. Rotimi Amaechi is in the news again. This time he’ll be facing questioning from senate panel on what he knows about the concession of the Easter and Western Rail Lines to General Electric, a United States company, without following due process.

The move by the Nigeria’s Upper Chamber to look into the contract was raised by a senator representing Akwa-Ibom North-East, Mr. Bassey Albert.

His move is titled, ‘Urgent Need to Investigate the Granting of Concession of the Western (Lagos-Kano) and Eastern (Port Harcourt-Maiduguri) Rail Lines to General Electric, a US Company.’

Senator Albert says the Ministry of Transport which Mr. Amaechi heads violated the Public Enterprise Act 1999 in the concession of the Western and Eastern rail lines.

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“The Senate is convinced that the Ministry of Transport has violated the provisions of the Public Enterprises (Privatisation and Commercialisation) Act 1999 by unilaterally engaging the General Electric for the concession of the Western (Lagos-Kano) and Eastern (Port Harcourt-Maiduguri) rail lines as evident from the above facts,” he stated while moving the motion.

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He noted that the BPE and the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility, upon the approval of the NCP in April 2015, developed a road map for the concession of the Western (Lagos-Kano) and Eastern (Port Harcourt-Maiduguri) rail lines, “despite the fact that the Nigerian Railway Corporation Act did not envisage a concession of the corporation until recently amended.”

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The lawmaker said the Senate was aware that the BPE had already engaged the Global Infrastructure Facility and the World Bank in discussions on accessing funding for Transactions Advisers, while the Ministry of Transport had formally appointed Africa Finance Corporation and Greenwich as financial advisers for the same purpose.

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The Punch quoted Mr. Albert as saying, “The Senate is further aware that in August, 2016, Vice President Yemi Osinbaio inaugurated the steering committee and technical committees in line with the provisions of Section 11 (K) of the Public Enterprises (Privatisation and Commercialisation) Act 1999 to fast track the process of concession of the rail lines.”

Source: The Punch

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Rotimi Amaechi a $ 2billion dogo kwangila bincike, na fuskantar Majalisar Dattijan tambayar

Mr. Rotimi Amaechi da yake a cikin labarai a sake. Wannan lokaci ya za a ta tambayar daga majalisar dattijai panel a kan abin da ya sani game da yarjewa da Easter da Western Rail Lines to General Electric, a {asar Amirka, company, ba tare da bi} a’ida ba.

The tafi da Nigeria ta benen ya dubi a cikin kwangila aka tashe ta Sanata mai wakiltar Akwa Ibom-North-East, Mr. Bassey Albert.

Ya tafi yana mai taken, “Gaggawa Bukatar binciki bayar da amincewa da Western (Lagos-Kano) da kuma Eastern (Port Harcourt-Maiduguri) Rail Lines to General Electric, a {asar Amirka, Company. ‘

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Sanata Bassey ya ce ma’aikatar sufuri da Mr. Amaechi shugabannin keta Public ciniki Dokar 1999, a cikin yarjewa da Western kuma Eastern dogo Lines.

“Majalisar tabbata cewa ma’aikatar sufuri ta keta arziki na Public Enterprises (pribatisation da Commercialisation) Dokar 1999 by ikirarin nishadantarwa da General Electric da yarjewa da Western (Lagos-Kano) da kuma Eastern (Port Harcourt-Maiduguri) dogo Lines kamar yadda a fili take daga sama facts, “ya bayyana yayin da motsi da motsi.

Ya lura cewa BPE da Nigeria Lantarki Bada Shawara Facility, bisa yardar da NCP a watan Afrilu 2015, ɓullo da wani taswirar hanya ga yarjewa da Western (Lagos-Kano) da kuma Eastern (Port Harcourt-Maiduguri) dogo Lines, “duk da gaskiya cewa Najeriya Railway Corporation dokar ba envisage sauƙaƙewa na kamfani har kwanan gyara. ”

The dan majalisa ya ce, majalisar dattijai na sane da cewa BPE ya riga ya tsunduma Global Lantarki Facility da bankin duniya a tattaunawa kan samun kudade ga ma’amala shawara, yayin da ma’aikatar sufuri ya ƙa’ida nada Afrika Finance Corporation da Greenwich matsayin kudi shawara ga wannan manufa .

The Punch nakalto Mr. Albert kamar yadda ya ce, “A Majalisar Dattijan ne m sane da cewa, a watan Agusta, 2016, mataimakin shugaban kasar Yemi Osinbaio kaddamar da kwamitin da fasaha kwamitocin a line da arziki na Sashe 11 (K) na Public Enterprises (pribatisation da Commercialisation) dokar 1999 azumi waƙa da tsari na amince da kayen da dogo Lines. ”

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Source: The Punch

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