Donald Duke, condemned the Nigerian government for involving the Chinese in developing the country’s infrastructure.
Duke revealed this on Saturday at an event celebrating the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.
Chinese companies are currently involved in numerous projects throughout Nigeria, including the construction of airport terminals, roads and railroads, including the light rail system in the city centers of Abuja and Lagos.
Some of these projects include a $600 million project for four international airport terminals.
The construction of the three main railroad lines, which are currently under construction nationwide.
These are Lagos-Kano (with another line from Kaduna to Abuja), Lagos-Calabar and Port Harcourt-Maiduguri, at estimated costs of $9 Billion, $11 Billion and $15 Billion respectively.
Similarly, the 156 km long Lagos-Ibadan railroad line was awarded to a Chinese company in 2016 by the administration of Muhammadu Buhari for an initial $1.5 billion.
A further $500 million was subsequently approved by the Buhari government to purchase locomotives and other rolling stock for the new line.
In response to the development, Herzog said: “As long as we continue to outsource our development, we will never gain the confidence to develop our nation. We must develop it ourselves. We can talk about railroads, we get the Chinese to develop the world for us, well, you are outsourcing.”
“We have to take the offensive, be willing to make mistakes, build these railroads, build the things you need.
“We’re talking more about investment in infrastructure than about skills, and that shouldn’t be the case, and skills should include technology.”