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CCECC Lays 17km Standard Gauge Railway Lines

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In spite of the rainy season which has slowed down the pace of work on construction of Lagos – Ibadan Standard gauge railway line, China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) has laid 17 kilometers of tracks out of 156 Kilometers distance between both Cities.

Managing director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Engr. Fidet Okhiria dropped this hint recently at Adumbu in Ogun state, after inspecting of the ongoing construction of first phase of Lagos – Kano Standard gauge railway line from Lagos to Ibadan by a Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives.

He said that CCECC has requested for a shift in the December 2018 deadline set by the Federal government but that government is still looking into the request. Apart from the rains, Okhiria disclosed that some obstacles like underground water/gas pipes and overhead bridges that were identified on the right of way especially in the Lagos axis need to be relocated before commencement of civil work and laying of tracks. 

He commended Lagos state government for its understanding and support in the relocation of underground water pipes and Nigerian Army for vacating some portions of Yaba Army barracks that encroached on the right of way of the ongoing construction of Standard gauge railway line.

Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Land Transport, Hon Aminu Sani Isa said that the National Assembly was supportive of the Lagos to Ibadan Standard gauge railway project  in terms of budgetary allocation adding that the purpose of the oversight visit was to ensure that the fund released was appropriately allocated. He commended China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation for the work so far done on Lagos to Ibadan Standard gauge railway line. Chairman, House Committee on Government Affairs Hon.Ibrahim Ayokunle Isiaka spoke about the need for CCECC to adhere strictly to the local content policy of government in terms of employment and materials.  He also posited that some owners of houses demolished by the Corporation along the railway corridors have written petitions for adequate compensation adding that management of the Corporation should look into the matter and ensure that owners with proper documentation are compensated.   

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