More Than 20, 000 Nigerians Have Been Employed For Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project- Amaechi

According to the Minister of Transportation, more than 20, 000 Nigerians have been employed for the construction work being carried out on the Lagos-Ibadan rail project.

The Minister disclosed this on Monday while responding to allegations by the House of Representatives Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements that local content was not observed in the course of the project.

Amaechi said that inclusion of Nigerians in the project was in line with the content law inherent in the $1.6 billion contract agreement between Nigeria and China.

He said, “There are over 20,000 Nigerian workers employed for the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project, only 560 of the workers on that project are Chinese,” adding that most materials for the project were locally sourced except for those that were manufactured outside Nigeria.

“We have over 150 Nigerians being trained as Engineers in China. The Chinese have also built two training institutions for us, one at Idu and the other one is the Transportation University in Daura, Katsina State,” Mr Amaechi said.

He also allayed the rumours that over $33 billion was disbursed for the contract, but only $1.6 billion.
“Mr. Chairman, there is no $33bn contract in the Ministry of Transportation. What we have is $1.6b awarded by this government for Lagos-Ibadan, for which the Chinese government is providing $1.2b and we are providing the remaining $400m.”

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