The federal government has expressed satisfaction with the Lagos -Ibadan railway project, noting that the project is 60 per cent completed and on course for completion on time.
The government stated this yesterday when the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and his Ministry of Transportation counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi inspected the project yesterday.
Speaking after the inspection, the Minister of Information expressed satisfaction with the level of work so far and noted that the Lagos-Ibadan projects was just one of the many projects embarked on by the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, “the idea of this visit is to showcase the achievements of the President Mohammed Buhari’s administration. We are starting with the Ministry of Transport and tomorrow, we move to that of Works. The idea is to tell the world what this administration has achieved because people complain that they don’t see what this administration has achieved.
“This Lagos – Ibadan project is just one of the few we are doing and with the level of work being 60 percent, we are satisfied”.
While addressing the press, Amaechi said, “as usual, we are here for our monthly inspection to review the entire project starting from Lagos to Ibadan and even though there are hitches here and there, we found out that we are progressing well.
“Despite the rains, we are working on the track laying which can be done now while we wait for the rain to stop so we can move to the other aspects”.
On the hitches, he said “despite these challenges, 60 percent of the work had been done so far and we are satisfied.The workers do 1.2 killometers tracks per day and with this, we will meet our target”.
On the plan to relocate the military barracks on the track roots, the Minister said, “the funds will be disbursed to the military after which they will relocate and we will find a suitable permanent place for them”.
Speaking on the bridges to be demolished, he said “these are not the issues. Bridges don’t affect the tracks. Our target is to handle the technical areas where the tracks will be laid.”
On the recent agreement signed with General Electric, GE, the Minister said “what GE is coming to do within this May and June is to do partial rehabilitation of the old rail tracks. They will upgrade both Lagos to Kano and also rehabilitate from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri. While this is going on, we will consider the construction of a standard gauge.
“Every necessary concession and agreement has been made and that is why the GE returned to carry on with the project.”
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