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Lagos- Ibadan standard gauge rail project: Track laying reaches 123km out of 156km — Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, said 123km of the 156 km stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project has been completed.

Chairman, Board of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Mr. Usman Abubakar; Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Deputy Production Manager of the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC), Mr. Xih Lijun, during the inspection of ongoing construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line in Papalanto, Ogun State, on Tuesday.

Amaechi made the disclosure on Friday during his routine inspection of the project along Kila, Olodo, Ilugun corridor of the track in the outskirts of Ogun State.

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.

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“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 gauge rail to ensure proper movement of cargoes,” Amaechi said.

Journalists gathered 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 by December.

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