Lagos-Ibadan Railway Modernization Project Set for Commissioning in June – Amaechi

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File photo: Minister for Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; chatting with journalists after the inspection of Train Station in Ibadan in Oyo State. Photo: AKINOLA ARIYO

By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

Assurance from Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, indicates that the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway Modernization Project will be completed and commissioned in June 2021.
Amaechi said this on Saturday when he led stakeholders on the inspection of the project from Lagos to Ibadan end stretch.
“A lot of the equipment and infrastructural development appear to be ready for commissioning. We’re not 100 per cent ready for commissioning, but we’re between 89 and 90 per cent ready for commissioning,” he said.
He hoped that in the next few weeks the project will be ready for commissioning, and that the date for the commissioning would be got from the President.
The transportation minister stated that the contractor has not complied with government’s instruction to it to begin the building of parking areas.
Amaechi shed more light on the extension of the rail tracks to Apapa seaport by saying: “What we make sure it happens is the movement of cargoes from the seaport. You can actually take train to the seaport, but that is not the end. The end is that you must get to the sea, instead of transporting the cargoes further before you can move it by rail.”
The minister of transportation appreciated the cooperation government received from communities along Lagos-Ibadan axis where the railway modernization project passed through, because, among other things, they did not vandalize railway equipment and property.
He declared: “We had wonderful cooperation from all the communities from Lagos to Ibadan. We pray we have such cooperation from all other communities we’re going to associate with in terms of construction.”
Amaechi disclosed that Nigerian railway engineers are being trained so that they will train others on railway engineering in order that Nigeria will have the capacity to manage its railway infrastructure.
The Chairman, Board of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Alhaji Alhassan Ibrahim Musa, accompanied the minister on the inspection tour of the project sites.

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