Over 20,000 Nigerians employed for Lagos-Ibadan – Amaechi railway project

Over 20,000 Nigerians employed for Lagos-Ibadan - Amaechi railway project

 

Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transport, said more than 20,000 workers were hired the ongoing construction railway project.

Amaechi said in statement Monday pledge complied with the local content law inherent in Nigeria’s $ 1.6 billion contractual deal with China.

He clarified in Abuja during public hearing while addressing concerns the House of Representatives Committee Treaties, Protocols and Agreements that local content was not respected during the project.

Amaechi said, “There are over 20,000 Nigerian workers employed the construction railway project, only five hundred and sixty workers this project are Chinese.

“Most materials 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 us, one in Idu and the other the University of Transport in Daura, Katsina State.”

Amaechi also reiterated coastal railway project may not be successful if the House committee continues its investigations into the project before the loan granted.

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