Obasanjo Accused Of Awarding Contract Without Following Due Process

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been accused of awarding the Abuja Rail Project in 2007 without an engineering design or a Memorandum of Understanding.

Project Manager of the Chinese civil engineering and construction company Engr Etim Abak, on Monday made the revelation to the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory.

The Minister of FCT and current governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, allegedly signed the $841.645,898m contract based on an uncalculated estimate.

The committee was also informed that the contract, which was for 60.67-kilometre rail project, was inflated by $10m per km and that the length was later reduced to 45km without refund of the cost for the 15.67 km that was dropped off from the project.

The Senate committee, led by Dino Melaye, who were at the site of the project to carry out oversight functions, therefore, demanded the refund of $195,878,296.74 being the amount for the 15.67km that was cut out, from the Chinese firm handling the project.

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