Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project Delays: FG To Meet CCECC , Empathizes With Communities Ravaged By Flood

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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

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said Federal Government of Nigeria (FRN) will hold a meeting with the management of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on Wednesday April 14, 2021 to discuss the present delay in the execution of Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway project.
“We agreed with them that we’ll commission this April, but who will commission an uncompleted project,” Amaechi said in Ibadan, Oyo State when he inspected the project from Lagos to Ibadan on Saturday.
He said he is waiting for information from the Presidency on the date for the commissioning of the project.
The minister said what is remaining to be completed of the project is minor, and that it will be fixed as soon as the Presidency gives commissioning date.
The transportation minister said: We’re trying to get appointment from the Office of the President for the date of commissioning. Once they give us the date, we’ll let the public know. There’s a lot of things involved in bringing the President to commission a project.”
He expressed concern over the plight of the communities ravaged by flooding and other discomforts as a result of the railway modernization project that passed through their areas.
For example, he said: “Ajegunle community is complaining of the need to build overpass.”
Amaechi pointed out that the project stretch will be observed during the rainy season to see the extent of flooding in respective communities.
He emphasized that communities that gave their lands will not be exposed to the ravages of flooding. “Citizens that have given land must enjoy the sacrifice they made, and when it happens we correct those mistakes,” Amaechi pledged.
The minister was accompanied on the inspection by the Chairman, Board of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Alhaji Alhassan Ibrahim Musa, and the Managing Director of NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria.

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