Chinese Firm Exposes Obasanjo & El-Rufai in $841.6m Rail Project Scam – PUNCH


Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo and Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai have been exposed by the project manager of a Chinese firm of awarding the Abuja Rail Project in 2007 without an engineering design or a Memorandum of Understanding.

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

He told the committee 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 contract was awarded based on conceptual design and estimates were not properly done. There was no formal design submitted and rail bridges and crossover bridges were not captured in the contract.”

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