Amaechi Speaks On Need For Vehicle Operators Discipline, As Rail Modernization Reaches Apapa Seaport

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From left: Section Station Manager, Team Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Alvaro Figueinedo; Project Manager, Team Nigeria Limited, Mr. Leonardo Portanova; Project Manager, Stations, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), Mr. Li Depeng; Minister for Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation, Engr. Fidet Okhiria; and the Engineering Department Manager, CCECC, Mr. Ludo Chuchangyun; during the inspection tour of Ibadan Train Stations. Photo: AKINOLA ARIYO

By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

Vehicle operators will not be allowed to be driving on railway track axis at Apapa Seaport except they are carrying cargoes that are either imported or meant for export.
Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said this recently  during a visit to the port to assess the progress of the standard gauge railway project there.
He described the situation at the port at the present time as problematic, and, therefore, instructed the management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to ensure that people leave the area while work is going on there.
He expressed concern that trailers were parked on the rail tracks thereby causing obstruction to the contractor handling the project.
“Management of Nigeria Ports Authority has to see that everybody leaves the work area until we complete it,” Amaechi instructed. “Secondly, we can’t allow people to be driving on the tracks except you’re  carrying cargoes, either imported or for export. When we complete it then we can deal with the issue of discipline.”
On the progress of the contract, the transportation minister was happy to observe that the intensity of Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which has been causing barrier to work is reducing. “Everything is gradually coming back to normal in view of reduction in cases,” he said.
He stated that central air conditioning units are to be installed in four major modern railway stations, while minor ones will be fitted with cooling systems to provide relief to users.

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