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Lagos-Ibadan rail project to be commissioned by January 2021 – Amaechi

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said on Saturday President Muhammadu Buhari would commission the Lagos-Ibadan railway in January 2021.

Amaechi, who uncovered this during an inspection visit through the rail line, said the task was intended to improve the development of cargoes and travelers in the country.

He said the contractors had put forth a valiant effort with the task and recorded the climate conditions as one of the difficulties being looked by the contractors.

The minister said: “We have cooperation from the various communities along the standard gauge construction; the contractors have done what they could do but the problem is the change in weather.

“They couldn’t work beyond that period, besides that, I think the contractors have done well.

“The construction is coming to an end, they are trying to beat the target they gave the ministry of transportation because there is huge improvement.

“Is there any facility in Nigeria that is better than the one in Ebute-Meta?”

Amaechi said the transition period between now and January would empower the Federal Government to gain the Right of Way for Lagos-Ibadan route.

He said that it could be hard to set out on borders fencing, including that the fence constructed in Warri, Delta State, had been pulled down by hoodlums.

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