Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi has challenged local contractors to demonstrate their ability to participate in major rail construction projects across the country in order to get the contracts they desire.
This was expressed by Amaechi in Lagos in response to questions from local contractors about why they were not frequently selected for rail contract awards.
He said: “a contractor must have at least five years experience and genuine evidence of work done to be awarded a contract. We are not using our local contractors because they are not qualified. If you want to participate, build capacity. We can’t give you a life-threatening contract if we don’t trust your capacity
“We said five years experience but a contractor in Nigeria will take a photograph of another man’s job as his own. How many Nigerians have done project management in railway? yet they are applying. I am not against them applying but we don’t want them to go give the job to other contractors. show us you have the capacity and equipment and we will choose you.”
Amaechi also spoke on the reason the Port-Harcourt/Maiduguri still yet to begin. He said”: “We have paid the contractors some money and we are ready but we have to really wait until the public procurement department, the Federal Executive Council and the supervising engineers give us approval.
“If the supervisory engineers are not in place to take off the drawings, you can’t construct, and that’s the problem we have with the Kano-Maradi rail line.