Insists on Nov. 30th for Test Run.
The Minister of Transportation Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, has stated that the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project will be completed in April 2020.
This is even as he reassured that test-run of the train would commence by the end of November 2019.
Amaechi, reiterated that with the pace at which the Contractors are currently working, he was optimistic that the completion period will be achieved.
The Minister gave the hint Saturday shortly after inspecting the project site in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
He said, “We are no longer giving ourselves the time, the Contractors are the ones giving us time. By April next year we will be out of this place. There is a huge improvement compared to the last time we were here.
“The Contractors have assured us that by the 20th of December this year, the laying of tracks would have gotten to Ibadan Station. This means that the focus will no longer be on the tracks but on the completion of the Stations, Communication and signalling and once we achieved this, it means we are out of Ibadan”, he said.
He further noted that the Contractors are eager to complete the Stations but the constraint at the moment are the equipment that have not arrived from China, adding that the Ministry’s argument is that they [CCECC] should get some things from Nigeria.
“They are expecting pipes and other things and they requested that we should give them one or two months to complete the stations. They equally wanted to import glasses and doors from China but we have to put pressure on them to buy those glasses and doors in Nigeria in order to quicken the time with which they would install”, he said.
The Minister noted that completion of the Lagos-end of the project was a huge task as construction of new flyovers and overhead bridges were progressing steadily.
According to him, “It is a big problem. We are dealing with urban renewal. We are building new flyovers, we are also building overhead bridges and under passes, we are dealing with pipes and lots more. We pray not to experience these challenges in Ibadan to Kano segment of the project.
“Don’t forget that there are two contracts here. The first is Ebute Metta to Ibadan, then, I came up with the idea of extending the project to the seaport, which is a bit challenging.
“They can get up to Ebute Metta in the next one month, but to get there without getting to Apapa seaport would amount to not achieving much because we need to clear the gridlock in Apapa, and to achieve that, we need to get the tracks into the seaport, that way, cargo will be loaded to wagons and transported up to Ibadan,” he ended.