- FG government has revealed when Lagos-Ibadan rail will commence operations
- The managing director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, made this known on Saturday, August 13
- Okhiria said the track-laying had been completed between EBJ and Ibadan with stations under construction
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The federal government has revealed that the operations would commence on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line from the middle of September.
TheCable reports that the managing director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this on Saturday, August 15, in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, during an inspection tour of the project by some ministers.
Legit.ng gathered that the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and his information counterpart, Lai Mohammed, inspected the Lagos-Ibadan rail line during which they both took a train ride from Ebute-Metta Junction (EBJ) rail station in Lagos to Ibadan.
Okhiria said since the track-laying had been completed between EBJ and Ibadan with stations under construction, operations would start between Yaba in Lagos and Ibadan.
He said 16 trips would be conducted daily on the route, adding that the NRC would not wait until the entire project is completed before commencing operations.
“We will start by the middle of September from Yaba to Ibadan while the other construction finishing will continue. We already have 24 coaches and a set of DMUs (Diesel Multiple Units) made of eight coaches. With that, we intend to have 16 trips a day,” he said.
The rail tracks on the 156km modern rail line have been completed from EBJ to Ibadan, while the 10 major and minor stations are at various stages of completion.
The stations along the corridor include Apapa, Ebute-Metta Junction, Agege, Agbado, Kajola, Papalanto, Abeokuta, Olodo, Omi-Adio and Ibadan.
In his remarks, Amaechi called on the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) handling the project to speed up work.
He said the project should be completed in January to allow for its delivery to the Nigerian population.
“Before COVID-19, for every station, we have between 150 to 200 workers but now we have 10 to 20 workers on the sites.
“We have told them now to increase the number of workers and manage COVID-19 very well. COVID-19 has come to stay but the government has to run.
“We have to deliver our promises to the people because that is why we are elected. So, let us hope that by January next year, the project will be ready," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Amaechi on Saturday, July 18, announced that the Itakpe/Warri rail line was completed and is ready for commissioning.
It was reported that Amaechi said plans are already in place to ensure the project is commissioned soon by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In another report, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the United Kingdom gave Nigerians an update of the Lagos-Ibadan railway projects that has been embarked upon by the federal government.
In a video posted on its verified and official Twitter page, the APC in the UK revealed, especially to detractors of the Buhari-led government, that the project is not a scam as some think.
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