Three former chairmen of the Board of the Nigerian Railway Corporation said on Thursday that they played no role in the award of contracts for the rehabilitation and modernisation of the country’s rail lines.
They are former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje; and Ambassador Ladan Shuni.
The House of Representatives is investigating railway contracts awarded and executed between 2010 and 2014.
The Federal Government reportedly spent over N1tn on the railway contracts with the additional funding from the now-rested Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme.
Tukur, Baraje and Shuni, who at different times served as chairmen of the NRC, appeared before an ad hoc committee of the House in Abuja on Thursday.
The committee is headed by a PDP lawmaker from Edo State, Mr. Johnson Agbonayinma.
Baraje, in particular, described his tenure as the chairman of the board as that of a “toothless bulldog” rendered powerless by the managing director of the NRC.
Baraje did not give the name of the managing director but he informed the committee that he (Baraje) had a “brief” tenure at the NRC between May and November, 2013.
He claimed that nearly all the railway contracts had been awarded before he assumed duties.