Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transport, said more than 20,000 workers were hired for the ongoing construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project.
Amaechi said in a statement on Monday that the pledge complied with the local content law inherent in Nigeria’s $ 1.6 billion contractual deal with China.
He clarified in Abuja during a public hearing while addressing concerns from the House of Representatives Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements that local content was not respected during the project.
Amaechi said, “There are over 20,000 Nigerian workers employed for the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project, only five hundred and sixty of the workers on this project are Chinese.
“Most of the materials for the project are also locally sourced, with the exception of those that were made outside of Nigeria.
“We have over 150 Nigerians trained as engineers in China.
“The Chinese have also built 2 training institutions for us, one in Idu and the other is the University of Transport in Daura, Katsina State.”
Amaechi also reiterated that the coastal railway project may not be successful if the House committee continues its investigations into the project before the loan is granted.