The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi has decried the current low pace of work at the Lagos-Ibadan rail line.
The Minister, who made the observation at the monthly inspection of the rail project in Ibadan, Oyo state said the continuous rainfall has delayed the work and made it impossible to achieve the 11m track laying daily.
Amaechi, who stated that the company handling the project, the CCECC has the ability to achieve the daily target, insisted that the dealing of December, 2018 to January, 2019 is still on track.
The minister, who had maintained that as the scope of the project was getting wider on daily basis, it was important to employ various artisans and technicians on the field to handle some areas of the project, insisted on meeting the qualified engineers, employed to understudy the CCECC by next month.
Commenting on other issues such as buildings standing on the project ’s right of way, Amaechi said solutions had been found; even as he directed the remodelling of a primary school alone the track line to be reflect modern.
He said , “ We are satisfied with the project . There are hitches here and there as you have already known . We have found solutions to some of them.
On plans to relocate the military barracks on the track route, Amaechi said, “ The funds will be disbursed to the military after which they will relocate and we will find a suitable permanent place for them.”
The new rail line, when completed, would be traveling at about 100 to 150 kilometers per hour, as the case may be.
The standard gauge. Which is expected to entice lots of investors to the states as a result of its efficiency and timeliness, would also create about 7,000 jobs for the teeming youths.