Amaechi laments delay in Lagos-Ibadan rail line project

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Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation has said that he was not impressed with the pace of work at the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project.

Amaechi expressed his disappointment during the monthly inspection of the project in Ibadan on Tuesday.

“There is a slow pace of work in Lagos axis of the project,

“The expectations from the sub-contractor appointed for relocation of pipes and all that were not met.

“The persons relocating the water pipelines are expected to finish by November 2 with different excuses that they discovered other utilities underground.

“The excuses are not obtainable. I have told them to speed up the work,” he said.

The minister said about 10 train stations would be constructed from the Lagos axis to Ibadan to allow various communities have access to the train services.

The minister charged the China Civil Engineer Construction Company (CCECC), the contractor handling the project to employ Nigerian engineers in the construction works.

The minister said that there was need for more workforce working on site to enable them meet the target set for the project.

“I have instructed the contractor and the project consultant to have local engineers on site.

“The construction of beams which is ongoing is a strategic part of the project which should be understudied by Nigerian engineers to be able to carry out the project in future.

“Though there is a huge improvement in the level of work carried out on Abeokuta axis where some bridges had been constructed including the one on Ogun.

“Some of the stations won’t take more than one month to complete especially now that the rain is over, so we are still on target.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister also said that the construction work at the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge has reached about 90 percent completion.

Amaechi disclosed this while inspecting the project at Ewekoro-Papalanto axis of the project.

“We are progressing. But there is no way they can fast-track the project during the raining season, but 90 percent of the construction works have been done.

“I have told them to work day and night, to ensure the project keeps moving as expected, especially on the bridges and construction of modern station at Ebuta-Meta Lagos,” he added.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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