As work progresses on the $1.5billion Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge project, the Federal Government said on Thursday that work would commence properly on the Lagos corridor by next month.
Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Ikere town, Ogun state during inspection tour of the project said two bridges and 11 kilometers of track-laying would have been completed by next month.
Naija247news checks revealed that the laying of tracks commenced in the first week of May around Papalanto in Ogun state.
Checks indicate that the track-laying continues from the Ogun corridor while the Lagos corridor is expected to follow next month, according to the Minister.
He said though the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC), the contractor handling the project, has been complaining about natural occurrence like rain slowing down the project, the December 2018 deadline has not changed.
Amaechi said, “What we agreed at the meeting is that by the 28th of June, two bridges and about 11 kilometres of track-laying should have been completed. We are progressing and the next meeting will take place in Ibadan so that we can also access what has been done from Abeokuta to Ibadan.
“Concerning the rainfall that is here, the engineers are not quite comfortable with it, but they will do everything technically possible to meet up with the December deadline. When they were battling to explain to us about the 2018 December completion date, their worry is not the speed of the work. Their worry is that natural elements will slow them down.”
The Minister commended the response of Lagos State Government (LASG) in removing some challenges like the water pipes hindering the smooth progress of work.
He said, “The issues are being resolved. We are almost nearly resolving the issue of oil and gas pipelines.
“For the water pipes, the Lagos State Government is going to come back to us in the next two weeks with a permanent solution. We have our own solutions, but the Lagos State Government thinks the solutions can be expanded further. So they are coming forward with their own expanded solution in the next two weeks.
“We believe that by next month, we should have started working from the Lagos area. We already have a solution for the gas and crude oil pipelines. The engineers have confirmed to me that the solutions that they have found will address all the issues surrounding these encumbrances”.