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Ghana blows hot over Nigeria’s $2 billion rail project that involves Amaechi

Ghana has fired at the Chinese Construction company involved in the building of the $2 billion Lagos-Ibadan rail line project in Nigeria following the recent controvercies

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Ghana has fired at the Chinese Construction Company involved in the construction of the $2 billion Lagos-Ibadan rail line project in Nigeria following a recent controversy.

The country’s Minister of Railway Development, Joe Ghartey, vehemently dismissed the reports linking Ghana with the Chinese company. In a letter obtained by industry sources and titled, “CRCC to Construct 560km Railway line for $2bn- same cost as the 156km Lagos-Ibadan rail”, the Ghanaian Government through the Minister also canceled the ‘non-binding’ Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) they had with the Chinese company.

The Backstory: Recently, controversies erupted when Nigerians expressed their dismay over the reports of the construction of the 156-kilometers rail line, which was awarded to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) in 2016, with taxpayers money valued at $2 billion.

Basically, the call for the probe of the contract followed recent reports that the Ghanaian Government agreed to pay $2 billion to another subsidiary of the Chinese firm for the construction of a similar rail line estimated at more than thrice the length of the Nigerian system.

Following the development, Nigerians called for the probe Nigeria’s former Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, whom they accused of inflating the cost of the project.

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FG denies inflated contract: Meanwhile, the Federal Government (FG) through the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Sabiu Zakari, dismissed reports of inflated figures on the rail project. It said that the total contract sum for the Lagos-Ibadan railway project is $1.58 billion as against the $2 billion being insinuated by some media platforms.

Zakari also disclosed that the project’s cost index/km is $4.09 million as against the $13.6 million that was also alleged by a section of the media.

Ghana blows hot, withdraws agreement: In the meantime, Ghana has withdrawn any impending agreement between the country and the Chinese Company. The move by Ghana to terminate the project may have been to avoid further being dragged along Nigeria’s project. The Ghanaian minister further disclosed;

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“My attention has been drawn to a media publication with the caption ‘CRCC to construct 560km railway line for $2bn-same cost as the 156km Lagos-Ibadan rail.’ I regret the said publication which contains a lot of factual inaccuracies.

“The Ministry of Railways Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated 21st March, 2019 with Messrs China Railway Construction Corporation(CRCC).

“Messrs CRCC expressed interest in supporting the Ministry to develop and modernize Ghana’s railway network, particularly the Trans-ECOWAS line, which runs along the coast between Aflao, on the border with Togo, and Elubo, on the border with Cote d’Ivoire. The purpose of the MOU is for CRCC to undertake feasibility studies through the use of independent consultants.

“CRCC has NOT submitted any Report of the feasibility studies to the Ministry of Railways Development, let alone the project cost estimate. The Ministry of Railways Development has not received any offer from CRCC for the construction of the proposed Aflao-Elubo railway line(Trans ECOWAS line).”

A twist in the report: The Federal Government of Nigerian has denied reports of inflated Lagos-Ibadan rail project, and the Ghanaian Government has also denied claims of an existing project in progress. It still remains unclear why Ghana terminated the ‘non-binding’ agreement with the Chinese construction Company.

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2 Comments

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  1. En

    June 30, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    A very poor and incoherent report of what actually happened. Some facts were left hanging to achieve the author’s preconceived bias. Ghana stated that there was no $2billion rail construction contract. In other words, there was no basis to compare Ghana’s cost with Nigeria’s. However, rather than state these facts, the author left an innuendo that there was still something fishy in Nigeria’s construction cost. A very bad and inexperienced journalist. It’s becoming a trend that Nairametrics journalists are either lack experience or good supervision. Really sad!

  2. MS

    July 2, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Mr En,
    I agree wholeheartedly. It should have been made clear to the casual reader that there was no cost information from Ghana, you can’t get such at the pre-feasibility stage.

    And the worth of MoUs? Think toilet paper.

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Coronavirus

COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 22nd of October 2020, 138 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 61,805 confirmed cases.

On the 22nd of October 2020, 138 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 4,648 samples across the country.

To date, 61,805 cases have been confirmed, 56,985 cases have been discharged and 1,127 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 595,283 tests have been carried out as of October 22nd, 2020 compared to 590,635 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 22nd October 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 61,805
  • Total Number Discharged – 56,985
  • Total Deaths – 1,1127
  • Total Tests Carried out – 595,283

According to the NCDC, the 138 new cases were reported from 13 states – Katsina (44), Lagos (35), Kwara (15), Kaduna (13), Plateau (7), Imo (6), Adamawa (5) Rivers (4), Yobe (3), Ogun (2), Oyo (2), Osun (1), FCT (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 20,768, followed by Abuja (5,944), Plateau (3,594), Oyo (3,423), Rivers (2,746), Edo (2,648), Kaduna (2,585), Ogun (1,989), Delta (1,812), Kano (1,741), Ondo (1,659), Enugu (1,314),  Kwara (1,065), Ebonyi (1,049), Katsina (948), Osun (919), Abia (898), Gombe (883).  Borno (745), and Bauchi (710).

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Imo State has recorded 613 cases, Benue (484), Nasarawa (478), Bayelsa (403),  Ekiti (329), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (277), Niger (274), Adamawa (257), Sokoto (162), Taraba (122), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Yobe (82), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

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The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

READ ALSO: Bill Gates says Trump’s WHO funding suspension is dangerous

 

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Breaking: Senatorial, State House of Assembly bye-elections postponed – INEC

Senatorial and State House of Assembly bye-elections slated to hold on October 31 in 11 states have been postponed by INEC.

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Nigeria's election delay

The 6 Senatorial and 9 State House of Assembly bye-elections slated to hold on October 31 in 11 states of the Federation has been postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The vacancies were as a result of death and resignation of previous members.

According to the statement issued by its National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye Esq., INEC said the decision was taken after meeting with the 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Thursday.

Though the commission did not categorically state the reason for the postponement, feelers are that it may not be unconnected with the raging #EndSARS protests across the nation.

 

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#EndSARS: President Buhari issues stern warning to hoodlums

The President has issued a warning to hoodlums who have hijacked the #EndSARS protest to promote unrest.

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President Buhari, in his state of the Nation address to Nigerians this evening has warned hoodlums and the conflict entrepreneurs who have hijacked the #EndSARS protest to promote unrest.

The President explained that the choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of the Constitution and other enactments.

“I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well-intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS),” he said.

President Muhammad Buhari frowned against the desperate and inhumane actions of mobsters, arsonists and hoodlums which has led to the loss of human lives, sexual violence, attacks on correctional facilities, as well as public and private properties which were completely destroyed or vandalized.

(READ MORE:#EndSARS: Police officers who participated in abuse of citizens must be fished out – Governors’ Forum)

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He explained that these bad actions will not be tolerated, as it is not in line with the legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of the country. He reiterated that the Government shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens, are protected.

What you should know from the President’s State of the Nation address

The President reiterated that the government has the obligation to protect lives and properties, and ensure that the citizens go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

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However, he appealed to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

The President, however, warned the youth that doing otherwise will amount to undermining national security as well as law and order, which under no circumstances will be tolerated.

President Buhari thus called on the youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions, as their voices have been heard loud and clear.

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