PMB’s delay on ministerial posts may affect rail projects

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There are very strong indications that, delay in appointing ministers by President Muhaammadu Buhari to hit kick-off the second term of his administration may extend the delivery timeline of the Lagos-Kano Standard Guage Rail project.

Vice president Yemi Osinbajo had in March 2017 commissioned the Lagos-Ibadan segment of the Lagos-Kano railway modernisation project inside the compound of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) in Lagos.

The 156 kilometer Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project was awarded at awarded at the cost of $1.53 billion in 2012 to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for the construction of the project.

However with initial delays faced by the project, a ground-breaking ceremony finally took place on March 7, 2017, while the railway was scheduled for completion in December 2018.

Putting the decrepit rail projects across the country is seen by many as one infrastructure that would go a long way in addressing the transportation needs of the country both in the movement of passengers and cargo in the face of many years of roads decay.

Many Nigerians are of the opinion that with the appointment of Rotimi Amaechi as the Transportation Minister, the commencement of work on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail corridor which will eventually terminate at Kano has received the needed boost.

They hoped that, President Muhammadu Buhari should not waste time and must as a matter of urgency and necessity appoint ministers, especially hat of the transportation sector to accelerate the pace of development.

Ibrahim Dauda, director of the Audit Department, Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) had during an inspection tour of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project said that, the project is one that guarantees value for money.

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Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail project nears completion- FG

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The on-going construction work and laying of tracks along the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project has reached kilometre DK 133 out of the 156 kilometer, representing 85.2 percent distance of so far covered, while the remaining 23 kilometers will be completed in the next three weeks.

Speaking after inspection on Friday at Kila in Ibadan, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi stated that the on-going rail project is one hundred percent complete.

Amaechi noted that “When we started, this whole area we are driving through was just bushes.They have not cleared the road, we created roads with our cars, but at the end of the day, we are coming to the end of the project with a new vegetation.”

The Minister explained further that, “There used to be green grasses here, trees, waters and creeks, the creek is turned into dry land some of the areas where you have valleys we have build bridges, any area that we did not need to build bridges, we created roads”.

He said: “Areas we could have just moved straight on, we created valleys just to ensure Nigerians are able to move from Lagos to Ibadan.”

“We are going to the end of the track, because we are getting to kilomerer 156 and what remains is 33 kilometers which they can cover in the next three weeks’’.

He revealed that CCECC has confirmed that by the end of May, they will complete track activities on this Lagos to Ibadan. So we are ahead of schedule and hundred percent ahead of schedule. So, “We should be at the end of the outskirt at the end of month’’. He disclosed.

Responding to the state of work at the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail project, the Minister said: “The track has gone to Warri and … Read More...