Ministry of Transport complies with FOI Request of Mr Ubani and Nwokwu on $1.96billion Rail Mission
The Federal Ministry of Transport has responded to a Freedom of Info, FOI request by former 2nd Vice-President of Nigerian Bar Affiliation, NBA, Mr. Monday Ubani and Lagos-based lawyer, John Nwokwu for detailed info of the $1.96billion Kano-Niger Republic rail venture.
Ubani and Nwokwu had final month sought particulars of the controversial rail venture utilizing the FOI Act insisting that Nigerians should know amongst different issues the financial advantages of the venture, together with the funding mechanism.
In what seems to be a transparent departure from authorities companies’ traditional dismissal of FOI request, the Ministry final week responded to the demand and gave extra particulars of the venture.
On the price of contract, the Federal Ministry of Transport insisted that the precise price of the venture is USD 1,959,744,723,71 (One Billion, 9 Hundred and Fifty 9 Million, Seven Hundred and Forty 4 Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Greenback and Seventy one Cent) inclusive of seven.5% VAT.
They confirmed that the monitor size of the rail is 378km ranging from Kano – Danbatta – Kazana – Daura – Meshi – Kastina – Jibiya – Maradi (Niger Republic) with department line to Dutse in Jigawa State. It additionally confirmed that solely 20km of the monitor size is inside Niger Republic whereas 358km is inside Nigeria.
On the awarded contract paperwork and names of the agency and procedures for bidding, the Ministry mentioned it marketed for certified contractors to bid for the venture in two nationwide newspapers in 2018 and submission of the RFQ closed by 12 midday on the nineteenth of June, 2018.
A part of the response from the Ministry reads “Analysis of RFQ commenced on the fifth of July, 2018 and ended on ninth of July, 2018. Following the train, seven out twelve firms that responded to the RFQ have been shortlisted and issued Request for Proposal (RFP) on the thirty first of July, 2018. Bids have been subsequently opened on the thirtieth August, 2018 at FMoT
“Mota-Engil Africa in step with the ICRC pointers and Public Procurement Act, 2007, was really helpful as the popular bidder for the Mission haven been ranked first for submitting a wonderful response to the RFP, and offering all of the required info.
It additionally had good monetary and technical credentials conscious of the venture necessities and has related expertise in Africa and rising economies.”
The FOI response additionally acknowledged that FMoT, the federal Ministry of Finance, Price range and Nationwide Planning and Mota-Engil Africa are negotiating the Contract Agreements and financing in the meanwhile.
On budgetary allocation for the rail venture, the Ministry claimed in its response that the venture is to be 100% funded by Messrs Mota-Engil Africa beneath an Engineering, Procurement, Development, and Financing (EPC+ F) mannequin by mixture of lenders from Export Credit score Businesses (ECA) and industrial amenities backed by a sovereign assure.
It nevertheless failed to offer any Memoradum of Understanding or settlement between the Fedral Ministry of Transportation and MotaEngil to this impact.
Enumerating the financial advantages of the venture, the Ministry mentioned its examine estimates a complete price of street accidents saved per 12 months is USD 57,224,095. Different financial advantages in accordance with the Ministry embrace, saving from greenhouse gases discount, saving in street upkeep and promotion of Intra Africa Commerce.
Ubani in an announcement made obtainable to this medium counseled the weird well timed response of the Ministry, he nevertheless added that he would examine the response alongside together with his companions to vogue out the very best response. The tactic of funding and the legal responsibility of the funding on Nigerians, to him, seem suspicious.
Based on him the contract papers weren’t offered by the Ministry in clear compliance with the Freedom of Info Act.
Their detailed response to this info as offered by the Ministry shall be made public quickly after important examine, he concluded.
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