- The minister of transportation has said coronavirus outbreak may delay the Lagos-Ibadan rail completion
- Rotimi Amaechi revealed that this is because the majority of the workforce are trapped in China
- According to Amaechi, the travel restrictions in China have affected workers from returning to Nigeria
Following the outbreak of coronavirus and it's spread across the world, Nigeria is set to feel a major impact on key projects being executed by contractors from China.
As a result of this, Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, revealed that the outbreak may delay the Lagos-Ibadan rail completion.
According to The Nation, the minister on Thursday, March 5, said the delay in the rail project may not be unconnected to the fact that a high percentage of the workforce are trapped in China.
The China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) is handling the execution of the Lagos-Ibadan double gauge rail line.
Amaechi noted that the Chinese government because of the virus prevented some of the workers from returning to Nigeria which has delayed work on the project.
A report from Daily Trust also confirmed the recent development. An anonymous source speaking to the newspaper publication noted that a good number of technical Chinese staff are stuck in China as a result of the travel restrictions following the epidemic.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of transportation suggested that the Lagos-Ibadan speed railway project will be fully completed by April 2020. Amaechi said the lack of support from landowners, delay in bringing the equipment from China and theft were some of the reasons that have caused the project to slow down.
In a related development, the federal government reportedly ordered massive rolling stock in preparation for the commencement of commercial operation on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge project.
The rolling stock comprises 30 engines, 63 coaches and 200 wagons. The chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Ibrahim Alhassan, disclosed this on Thursday, July 11, 2019, when he led 24 other members of the corporation on an inspection of the 156-kilometre project.
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