Transport Minister Swings into Action, Begins Railway Project Inspection

Barely 48 hours after resumption of office, the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has swung into action with his first inspection tour of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project.

The Minister landed in Lagos Thursday morning for the tour which started from Ebute Metta to Apapa and then to Ibadan.

Amaechi, in a determined move to ensure the development  of a robust rail infrastructure, had made the inspection of the rail project in his first four years in office a monthly routine since its commencement in  2017.

It would be recalled that during the last inspection tour of the project on the 10th of May, which was  two weeks to the beginning of a new democratic dispensation, the Minster announced that the track laying on Lagos Ibadan rail line  would be completed by the end of May ahead of its scheduled three years completion date.

The 157km Lagos Ibadan rail project was awarded in 2017 to the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC to the tune of $1.6billion with a  three years completion agreement. 

Speaking shortly after the inspection of the project in Ibadan, in May, the Minister of Transportation said the laying of the rail tracks  had already gotten to 123 kilometres

“So remaining 34 to 35km which they can cover in the next three weeks which they confirmed would be completed before the end of May.

“Currently, track laying from Iju-Ibadan is 100 percent completed, while construction work from Ebute Metta to Apapa is ongoing”, he said.


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