Saturday, 5 January 2019

Lagos-Ibadan Railway: Rotimi Ameachi Visits Site, Expresses Disappointment

In a bid to ensure smooth delivery and also to keep track of the day to day activity of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway, the minister of transportation, RT. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi was at the site of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway Site. The location is unknown but it seems to be within Ogun State and somewhere around Iju in Lagos.

With the way things are going, it will take a miracle for this project to be delivered in February as instructed by the minister as there are still lots to be done. Take Lagos for example, we can report that only 20% of the project has been covered as even the head office in Ebute Metta is still undergoing clearing. According to Tribune Newspapers, the minister was quoted to said, "I am not impressed. There is nothing new. The pace is as if nothing happened.”

However, the contractor revealed that some of the equipment to fast-track the project were offshore, which the minister urged them to up their ante.

“There are mixed feelings in the sense that getting to Abeokuta, you will see that there is an improvement. The problem they have now is the civil works between Agbado and Iju, which is critical to me. The closer we are to Lagos, the better for the project. That is what we are battling here.

“The equipment we are talking of are not off the shelve equipment. Getting more hands is not the problem but getting the equipment for more hands to use is the problem. What we saw from Agbado to Iju is not a matter of more hands, its a matter of equipment. These are equipment you apply for from overseas and they ship it down. So if the equipment arrives, probably they will finish the job.
It will be recalled that The Lagos Ibadan Railway project was fully funded by the Chinese Government and there are expected to deliver before mid-2019.

These are some of the pictures from the inspection.

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