The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has said construction work at the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge is about 90% done.
The minister disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria while inspecting the project at Ewekoro-Papalanto axis of the project on Monday.
“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 Ebute-Metta Lagos.
“I also told them that two weeks after the rain must have stopped, they have to complete the remaining 10 per cent to allow them focus on laying of tracks”. He added.
According to Amaechi, there’s a target to finish all the bridges from Iju to Abeokuta by the end of October. He added that laying of tracks would be an easy task after all the earthworks must have been completed.
He also called on the contractor – China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) – to expedite action on the pace of work to ensure timely delivery of the project. Adding that the major challenge facing the project now was where to site the railway stations at various towns and communities along the corridor.
“Where to locate the railway stations has posed a great challenge as many communities find it difficult to release their land for such. We have such challenges in Abeokuta, Agege and other vital areas, where we needed to site the stations.
“It won’t be ideal after finishing the construction work and there is no rail station for people to board their train, but we are talking to the communities. Let them know the benefit of the stations to their communities,” he said.
According to him, the challenges of pipelines and cables in Lagos state have been resolved by casing the underground pipes for more protections against the vibrations of the train.