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Donald Duke says Nigerians, not the Chinese, should build the country’s railways

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Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has criticised the Federal Government’s decision to involve Chinese people in the infrastructural development of Nigeria.

At a 60th Independence Day Celebration Symposium co-organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Nehemiah Leadership Institute on Saturday, Duke said, “As long as we continue to outsource our development, we will never gain the confidence to develop our nation. It has to be developed by ourselves. We can talk of rail lines, we are bringing the Chinese to develop the world for us, well, you are outsourcing.”

“We need to take it head-on, be prepared to make the mistakes, build those rail lines, build the things that are required.”

“We talk more of investment in infrastructure than skills and that ought not to be and the skills also should involve technology.”

The Federal Government is currently engaging the Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation to develop various infrastructural projects across the country.

Duke, who was governor between 1999 and 2007, stressed the need to restructure Nigeria so that the failure at the centre does not affect the development of the sub-nationals.


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