- The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says the Lagos-Ibadan Standard gauge rail project has been completed up to Kila village, a settlement on the outskirts of Ogun towards Oyo state
- Amaechi says at the rate the work is going, the rail project should be in Ibadan in less than a month
- The minister says it is important for Apapa ports to be connected to the standard gauge rail to ensure proper movement of cargoes
The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the 123km of the 156 km stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project has been completed.
Amaechi made the disclosure on Friday, May 10, during his routine inspection of the project along Kila, Olodo, Ilugun corridor of the track in the outskirts of Ogun state, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said the project had been completed up to Kila village, a settlement on the outskirts of Ogun towards Oyo State.
“We are already moving towards Ibadan, the track laying is now in Kila, a town on the outskirts of Ogun.
“In less than a month from now, we should be in Ibadan with the rate the work is going,” he said.
The minister also said that he would inspect the Apapa port and its connection to the standard gauge rail to address the challenges of traffic gridlock in the area.
“We will be visiting the ports tomorrow to address some of the issues we have there.
“It’s imperative that the Apapa ports must be connected to the standard guage rail to ensure proper movement of cargoes,” Amaechi said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister had during one of his inspection tours on April 8 blamed the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for the slow pace of work in the ongoing project.
According to him, the federal government plans to commence transportation of cargoes from the sea ports through the standard rail gauge.
Meanwhile, the Senate on Wednesday, May 8, agreed that the popular Abuja-Kaduna highway is the most dangerous in Africa because of the activities of kidnappers and bandits on the road.
The position of the Senate is different to the declaration by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, who said the road is safe and cleared of criminals.
Senator Shehu Sani said the road is unsafe while contributing to the motion on the urgent need to increase coaches for the Abuja-Kaduna railway line. Senator James Manager said the road is not only the most unsafe in the country but in the whole of the African continent, saying only a suicidal person would ply the road.
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