The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed disappointment at the rate at which the work at the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project was going
The Minister make his disappointment known during the monthly inspection of the project in Ibadan on Tuesday.
“There is a slow pace of work in Lagos axis of the project,
“The expectations from the sub-contractor appointed for relocation of pipes and all that were not met.
“The persons relocating the water pipelines are expected to finish by November 2 with different excuses that they discovered other utilities underground.
“The excuses are not obtainable. I have told them to speed up the work,” he said.
Ameachi assured that various community along the rails will host some train station from the Lagos axis to Ibadan.
The minister admonished the China Civil Engineer Construction Company (CCECC), the contractor handling the project to engage Nigerian engineers in the construction works.
The minister said that there was need for more workforce working on site to enable them meet the target set for the project.
“I have instructed the contractor and the project consultant to have local engineers on site.
“The construction of beams which is ongoing is a strategic part of the project which should be understudied by Nigerian engineers to be able to carry out the project in future.
“Though there is a huge improvement in the level of work carried out on Abeokuta axis where some bridges had been constructed including the one on Ogun ,”
“Some of the stations won’t take more than one month to complete especially now that the rain is over, so we are still on target.” he said.
Naija News understands that work on the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge has reached about 90 per cent completion.
Amaechi disclosed this while inspecting the project at Ewekoro-Papalanto axis of the project on Monday August 27.
“We are progressing. But there is no way they can fast-track the project during the raining season, but 90 per cent of the construction works has been done.
“I have told them to work day and night, to ensure the project keeps moving as expected, especially on the bridges and construction of modern station at Ebuta-Meta Lagos.” he added.
Source: Naija News