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FEC approves $328.87m for railway consultancy services

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Ibrahim Ramalan
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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved $328.87 million contracts for consultancy services for the supervision of the various railway projects in the country.

The FEC also approved N115.4billion for the dualization of the proposed Kano-Kazaure-Kongolam highway in Katsina State from a single carriageway to a dual carriageway.

These were disclosed to State House correspondents after the week’s virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Minister of Transportation Chibuike Amaechi, who gave a breakdown of his ministry’s presentations at the meeting, said he presented two memoranda, one of which was in respect of the consultancy services, adding that the second one was for the concession of the Onitsha River Port.

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“Ministry of Transportation presented two memos and the first one has to do with the contract for consultancy services for the supervision of the various railway projects.

“Remember that we have about three railway projects that are yet to start construction and they include the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri, Kano-Maradi and then the Abuja-Warri.

“For the consultancy services, the following contractors were approved, with the total cost of $183.7 million. The contractors GIX Engineers Infrastructure Excellence/Yaroso & Partnership Ltd, Core Consulting Engineering Plc. That’s for Abuja to Warri.

“For the consultancy services for supervision of Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Railway, with branch lines to Bonny Deep Seaport and Port Harcourt Industrial Park and then to Owerri. We have Kyari Consults SDMBHD/Jamood Global Services Limited at $97.5 million. The first one is $38.4 million.

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“The last one is consultancy services for the supervision of Kano-Katsina-Jibia-Maradi Rail-line to TEAM (Technics Engineering Architecture Marketing Nigeria Limited) and that is for $47,670,000 million. All of them are for a period of 36 months. That’s the first.

“The second one is that the cabinet approved a concessionaire agreement for the Ministry of Transportation to concession the Onitsha River Port to a company called Universal Elysium Consortium. They are to manage the river port for 30 years,” he said.

Asked why the Federal Government is abandoning the agreements signed with China on the construction of the railway in the country, he explained “actually, that is why there is a delay.

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“We were waiting on the Chinese to give us the loans we applied for and till today they’ve not replied. They kept delaying us – will the delay extend our tenure? The answer is no.”

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