Former chairman of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Bello Haliru Mohammed, has denied signing any contract outside the law during his tenure from 2009 to 2011.
Bello stated this when he appeared before a House of Representatives panel probing the matter yesterday.
He recalled that while he was directed to sign contracts on behalf of the NRC on many occasions, the process and the decision that led to the award of all contracts were taken by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The House had following the adoption of a motion on allegations of the mismanagement of over N1 trillion railway contracts across the county last year constituted an ad-hoc committee led by Ehoizuwa Johnson Agbonayinma (PDP, Edo) to investigate the matter.
The committee had engaged two former chairmen of the NRC board, Bamanga Tukur and Abubakar Kawu Baraje last December on the matter, where they denied complicity on the matter.
At the resumption of hearing on the matter yesterday, Bello who was the acting chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees said: “My mandate was to make sure railway start to function after 25 years. The board haS to start almost from the scratch to get the rail tracks and the signals system back into service and to acquire the necessary rolling stock.”