Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said that track laying on the 156 km Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail project is 79 per cent completed.
According to him, the 123km already completed spans up to Kila village, a settlement on the outskirts of Ogun towards Oyo State.
Speaking during his routine inspection of the project along Kila, Olodo, Ilugun corridor of the track in the outskirts of Ogun State, Amaechi said that as part of measures to address the challenges of traffic gridlock that has bedevilled residence of Lagos, he will be visiting the Apapa port tomorrow for inspection to ensure it is connected to the standard guage rail.
“We are already moving towards Ibadan, the track laying is now in Kila, a town on the outskirts of Ogun.
“In less than a month from now, we should be in Ibadan with the rate the work is going.
“We will be visiting the ports tomorrow to address some of the issues we have there.
“It’s imperative that the Apapa ports must be connected to the standard guage rail to ensure proper movement of cargoes,” Amaechi said.
During one of his inspection tours on April 8, the minister had blamed the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for the slow pace of work in the ongoing project, noting that the Federal Government plans to commence transportation of cargoes from the seaports through the standard rail gauge by December this year.


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