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Amaechi Wanted To Give N3.7bn Rail Contract To A Father, Mother & Child

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Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation wanted to give a N3.7bn rail security contract to a two-year-old company which has a father, mother and child as its directors, in addition to not having any track record of executing security surveillance projects. However, it was rejected by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

After the Abuja-Kaduna rail attack, which occured on Monday, the Minister told journalists during an interview that he had predicted the attack and presented a memo to FEC for the procurement of security equipment, but it was rejected.

Minutes of the meeting sighted by The Punch and marked EC (2021)236 on September 24, 2021, presided over by Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President at a time when the President was out of the country for the United Nations General Assembly, showed that Amaechi proposed that a firm, Mogjan Nigeria Limited, should be given the contract worth N3.7bn.

Incorporated on August 6, 2019 by Prince Godwin Momoh, Chioma Momoh and George Momoh, the firm has had a turnover of only N84.9m.

During his presentation, the Minister said the Bureau of Public Procurement had reviewed the process of procurement and had given a certificate of no objection for the contract, adding that the project would be funded from the N71.4bn budget of the ministry.

He therefore asked the council to “approve the award of contract for the procurement and installation of electronic surveillance system and interrogation unit on the Abuja (Idu)-Kaduna (Rigasa) 200km railway monitoring rail intrusion detection system and emergency response system in favour of Messrs Mogjan Nigeria Limited/Cagewox Dot Net Limited in the sum of N3,780,827,410.66 inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT with a completion period of four months”.

In contrast, other ministers were concerned about the ability of the firm to deliver and Amaechi’s failure to give proper details of the equipment’s capabilities.

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