The Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi has directed that the Apapa station be demolished and expanded in order to accommodate the busy activities at the Apapa seaport.
The Minister made this known after inspecting the project in Lagos on Monday, he said the idea was to pull down the existing structures, expand the station towards the seaport for easy access to ferry goods from the sea to the rail line and then to the town.
He said, “We have a problem in Lagos, Apapa to be precise. Not because there is work done in Apapa but because we are going to relocate one of the station in Apapa. The problem with Lagos is the relocation of gas and oil pipelines. We will try to award the contract for the water pipelines because they have not finished the technical work for the relocation of the gas and oil pipelines. This is slowing down the activities of work in Lagos”
“At the last meeting in Ajeokuta or Warri, we insisted that they must have covets in Lagos. We discovered that they just did four covets and that is not enough. We believe that the task we have given them is going on well because the contract is in two phases. The first phase is the Ebute-Metta to Ibadan and we believe that we should be able to complete that. The second phase is the Apapa to sea port. If we are not able to complete that, we will start commercial activities from Ebute-Metta to Ibadan which is the original contract.”
”It was this government that said all railway must terminate at seaports. For that one, if we finish on time, fine, if we don’t, we continue but work is progressing rapidly from Ebutte Metta to Ibadan.” He added.