Railway Modernization: Transport Minister, Stakeholders, Meet On Fate Of Customs Building In Lagos

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Minister of Transpprt, Rotimi Amaechi

By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said he will hold meeting with experts and stakeholders to find solution to the building of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Apapa seaport to facilitate the completion of railway modernization project to the port.
He stated this when he carried out an inspection of the progress of work at the seaport area on Monday.
“Luckily, Customs have accepted that we should remove them, but it will be difficult so we’re going to the office now to have a meeting to see what we can do about it,” the transportation minister explained.
He promised to disclose the decisions reached at the meeting. “It’s not me that will make the decisions. Once they make the decisions then we can convey it to the public,” Amaechi assured.
He pointed out that he visited the construction site to find solution to the problem of infrastructure that have to be removed to give way for the standard gauge railway project.
He spoke about cracks where tracks are laid that also require solution, among others.
On when the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway project that stretched to seaport will be commissioned, Amaechi responded: “This is very technical. Even though I have given you time, how would I have found solution to the Customs building? We’re working hard to find solutions. It’s only after the engineers have come up with time-based solution that I can speak on time.”
He said that there are about three tracks coming into the Apapa seaport, but that it is only one that is posing problem to the ongoing project.
Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidet Okhiria, accompanied by minister on the tour.

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