According to Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC) management, quoted by Chidi Ugwu in The Nation, a $US849 million contract for the construction of a 186km single track line was awarded to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on 26 October 2009.
"This is in addition to the Lagos-Kaduna modernisation project on which construction work is expected to commence as soon as advance payment is made, the detailed rescoping having been completed as the sum of $24m paid to TEAM Consultants for their work.
"It was gathered that the scope of work for the Lagos-Ibadan segment is under review together with its cost implications while the contract award is being represented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval.
"On the Ajaokuta- Warri line, the scope of the project, which initially was to cover the [previously] awarded contract for the completion of the 22km track distance left out of the 254km Ajaokuta-Warri line, has now been widened to accommodate the rehabilitation of the entire 254km; construction of six stations; reconstruction of bridges and culverts; major remobilisation of contractor to sites; and security management. The contract was awarded on 12 November 2009.
"After survey and tender documents for the Lagos-Jebba (contract 1) and Jebba-Kano (contract 2) rehabilitation had been completed by consultants Roughton and Zetatech, a N12.3 billion, 10-month contract was formally signed with CCECC on 6 November 2009.
"Speaking on the recent rehabilitation programmes on Monday [11 January], NRC managing director Adeseyi Sijuwade said over 100 projects are ongoing.
"Other contracts awarded so far include: supply of one 100-ton telescopic crane for recovery of damaged rolling stock, lifting jacks, hydraulic jacks, and the supply and installation of electric generating sets, specifically a 1,000kV generator for the mechanical and electrical workshops at Ebutte-Metta (already supplied, installed and commissioned). Agbado and other stations have been rehabilitated. Mechanical parts, modification of microwave equipment, stone and relevant materials have been supplied for maintenance work.
"The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a letter of credit to General Electric of Brazil to cover the balance payment for the procurement of 25 new locomotives with the first batch of five due to arrive in Nigeria in February 2010.
"In addition, contracts have awarded for the rehabilitation of 22 principal stations (apart from Maiduguri) and also rehabilitation of 120 wagons and coaching facilities have been awarded to five contractors. All rehabilitation works are to be completed within a maximum of 20 weeks.
"Major fuel marketer Oando Plc, it was learned, set aside N100m to be paid to NRC in three phases for refurbishing the number of locomotives and wagons required to provide haulage services".