Another Nigerian, Jude Igwemezie, has achieved great feat on the international scene as he won a whopping $500 million contract for the construction of rail lines in Iraq.
Igwemezie is the head of TransGlobim International, the engineering company that the contract was awarded to. According to The Boss Newspaper, the Nigerian engineer received his training in Canada and well known in the engineering world. The train project is very significant to the country as it would covering a very big place in the city of Najaf and has been described a very good transport system.
Jude Igwemezie said the Iraqi project will be completed in two different phases and will be done in three 3 years. Source: UGC In another interview with another newspaper, he said the project will be finished in about three years which will be done in two different phases. Igwemezie said that the first part of the project will involve segment like design, construction and operation of the system to be deployed, while the second part will focused on the extension to Najaf airport.
The Nigerian said unlike in Nigeria where he was in conversation with government officials for many months, getting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iraqi officials only took two months. On his frustration to make inroad into the Nigerian market, he said: “as a Diaspora person, I kept coming back, knocking, to help Nigeria. On the other hand I can’t knock forever.”
Meanwhile, Adebayo Alonge, a pharmacist, emerged the best in a tech startup competition, winning a grand prize of €100,000.
He is the CEO and co-founder of RxAll, beating 4,500 other contenders from 119 nations across the world in the 2019 Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge. The prize was awarded by BNP Paribas. Alonge’s story is a very inspiring one as he was a victim of fake drug, an incident that almost took his life.