The Nigerian government says commercial activities will soon commence on the Lagos-Ibadan standard rail gauge upon completion.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said this after inspecting and assessing the ongoing project at Adunbu Village area of Ewekoro local government in Ogun State.
Mr Amaechi stated that award of contract on relocation of gas and oil pipelines in Lagos axis would be relocated in earnest so that it would not to slow down the project.
“I am pleased with the quality of work both in track laying and civil work. They have been able to do about 4 Culvets in Lagos even though they are unable to solve the technical issue but relocation of a new station will not hinder the progress of the project,” the minister said.
” The task given to the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC are in two faces, one is Ebute Meta to Ibadan while other one is Apapa to seaport. They should be able to complete Ebute Meta even though this government said all railways should terminate at seaports,commercial activities will begin from Ebute Meta to Ibadan which is the original contract. Work is progressing rapidly from Iju to Ibadan,” he explained.
Mr Amaechi said; ”Am not impressed with the tracks they had laid, though they promised to lay 3 kilometer per day and what they have laid so far was nine kilometers but they have assured us that they can lay 1.5 kilometer per day because they are dealing with bridges which is one third of the construction.”
Extension of time
Reacting to time extension of the project advocated by the contractor during inspection by the joint committee of National Assembly on land transport, the minister said the contract was for three years and does not need extension.
According to him, government is just trying to force them to complete the project within first year.
Mr. Amaechi urged the engineers working with the contractor to understudy technology and engineering aspects, to have more knowledge and understanding of the expertise.
The minister said the present administration would not jettison the local content law.
He said that Nigeria would import locomotive and coaches from Indonesia, adding that Nigerian engineers should understudy as countries like China, Indonesia and South Africa are still understudying General Electric, GE.