Committed to handing Nigerians the Lagos-Ibadan rail line by December 2018, the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has met with the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, to proffer solutions to some challenges slowing down the pace of work.
You will recall that the construction of railway projects have been slow within Lagos State and its environs due to some challenges which include; the relocation of oil and gas pipelines, located along the rail corridor.
The meeting was convened to provide lasting solutions to problematic areas in the Lagos-Ibadan railway modernization contract within Lagos state, including Apapa Sea Port.
Recall also that the Minister in one of the inspection tour to Lagos in July, said, “Basically there is huge progress, we have problems with Lagos which is why we are not carrying out any massive or major inspection in Lagos.
“The main problem is Apapa, not because there is work going on in Apapa, but because we are going to see the location of the new station in Apapa today. Again we have not finished the technical works of gas pipelines , so it is slowing down our activities in Lagos,” He Said
Meanwhile, both parties agreed that the construction works should commence next week and according to the Governor, the project will be completed within the period of twelve months.
The Governor thanked the Federal Government for their contributions, most especially the Minister of Transportation, for his efforts towards the timely completion of rail projects in the South West.
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