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The Project Manager of a Chinese civil engineering and construction company, Etim Abak, on Monday told the Senate Committee that former President Olusegun Obasanjo awarded the Abuja Rail Project in 2007 without an engineering design or a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

 

A former 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 told 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, visited the site of the project to carry out oversight functions. The Committee 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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