Amaechi embarks on Lagos-Ibadan rail inspection 24 hours after retaining transport portfolio
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Amaechi embarks on Lagos-Ibadan rail inspection 24 hours after retaining transport portfolio

- Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has embarked on an inspection tour of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line

- The reappointed minister of transportation is on the field 24 hours after his reappointment

- Amaechi has been hailed for his reforms in the Nigerian transport sector since he assumed duty in 2015

Twenty-four (24) hours after being reappointed as Nigeria's minister of transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi has embarked on an inspection tour of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line.

This was revealed in a statement released to the media in Abuja on Thursday, August 22 by his special assistant on media and publicity, Israel Ibeleme.

The minister in a determined move to ensure the development of robust rail infrastructure in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's vision had made the inspection of the rail project in his first four years in office a monthly routine since its commencement in 2017.

Recall that during the last inspection tour of the project on Friday, May 10, the minister announced that the track laying on Lagos-Ibadan rail line would be completed by the end of May ahead of its scheduled three years completion date.

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The 157km Lagos-Ibadan rail project was awarded in 2017 to the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC to the tune of $1.6billion with a three years completion agreement.

Speaking shortly after the inspection of the project in Ibadan, in May, Amaechi said the laying of the rail tracks had already gotten to 123 kilometers

“So remaining 34 to 35km which they can cover in the next three weeks which they confirmed would be completed before the end of May .

“Currently, track laying from Iju-Ibadan is 100percent completed, while construction work from Ebutte meta to Apapa is ongoing,” he said.

Amaechi's retention as the transport minister, as announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, attracted cheers from hundreds of Nigerians who witnessed the ministerial inauguration of the council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, August 22.

The minister has been hailed for his reforms in the Nigerian transport sector that was nearly comatose before he came on board in 2015.

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