- Contractors in charge of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge project have been urged by Amaechi to complete the civil works before the commencement of rain
- The minister of transportation says he hoped the person who would take over from him would deliver on the ongoing project
- The minister earlier apologised to Nigerians over the suspension of the Iju-Abeokuta free train ride
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has expressed optimism that the next minister in charge of the ministry would deliver ongoing projects in the railway subsector.
Amaechi, who spoke during a routine inspection of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge project being undertaken by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company tasked the contractor to complete the civil works before the commencement of rain, Vanguard reports.
"If you watched me as governor, I was always restless at delivering on my responsibilities. I pray whoever would be the minister for transport should have the same passion and focus on that responsibility.
“I know as a minister, it is stressful. I’m stressed up and all that. But as a minister you have a responsibility that the president has passed to you and you must deliver.
“The second thing is that the economy of Nigeria can be driven most importantly if you can link the seaport to the hinterland because when these cargoe come, they must go. The more you are able to move goods and cargoe to the hinterlands, the more you create jobs; and the more economic growth you have," he said.
The inspection took the team, comprising officials of the ministry and Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) from the railway compound at Ebute-Meta, Lagos, to the end of the project in Ibadan.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the transportation minister apologised to Nigerians over the suspension of the Iju-Abeokuta free train ride during the 2019 general elections.
Amaechi tendered the apology during the monthly rail inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan modernisation project in Ibadan. He said the CCECC suspended the three months free train ride due to security and safety of passengers.
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