FG Determined to Complete Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge By December 2018 – Minister
By FIDELIS UGBOMEH
The Federal Government has restated its resolve to complete the Lagos to Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway Line by December next year.
Minister of Transport Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi who made this known in Lagos yesterday during an on the spot visit to the site of the ongoing construction by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation in Lagos axis said that the December next year date is sacrosanct adding that trains must start running on the tracks by December next year.
He noted that rail development is priority of the present administration because logistic is key to the development of the Nation’s economy.
Amaichi pointed out that Engineers from China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation have been enjoined to liaise with Engineers from Lagos state with a view to sorting out the issue of “Right of Way” at the Flyovers at Oshodi, Costain, Ikeja and Ijora.
Already agreement has been reached with Engineers from the Works and Infrastructure Ministry in Ogun State that the Ijoko Flyover should be redesigned to have headroom of 5.7meters.
According to the Minister as soon the $5.851billion Loan is accessed work on the construction of the second phase of the project from Ibadan to Kano, and Lagos to Calabar will commence.
Amaechi also posited that plans are underway to ensure that all the State Capitals are linked by Railways even as the President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the Federal Ministry of Transport Can source for loan for the construction of the Port-Harcourt to Kano Railway line.
The Cordinator of the project Leo Yin promised to deliver the project on schedule just as 7,000 workers and 300 vehicles have already been mobilized to site.
He also disclosed that about 6,000 tons of Rail lines will be ready for shipment by August 15, 2017 and will arrive Nigeria in three months’ time.
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