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FG To Complete Lagos/Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Dec 2018 – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation , Mr Rotimi Ameachi , said that Federal Government would ensure the completion of the ongoing Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge rail services by December 2018.

Amaechi gave the assurance on Monday in Lagos while inspecting the ongoing rail projects at Ijoko community area of Ogun State .

The minister said that the Federal Government was making all efforts to ensure the completion of the project as scheduled.

“ I have made personal decisions to come to Lagos to get briefing and update on the ongoing project .

“ I have decided to come to the site monthly to put the company handling the project on their toes to ensure quick delivery of the project .

“ The government is committed to delivering the projects on time for the benefit of the people at least by December 2018, Lagos -Ibadan standard gauge rail operation should commence, ’’ he said .

Amaechi added that the only challenge facing the project was the bridges across the rail lines.

The minister said that some of the bridges include Oshodi , Ikeja and the newly constructed Ijoko Bridge by Gov. Ibikunle Amosun , of Ogun State .

According to him , various means would be considered to determine the cheaper alternatives of moving the rail across the bridges due to its height and flow levels .

Amosun , earlier in his remarks, commended the Federal Government on the rail project , saying that the development would bring economic development to the various communities within both states .

The governor also hailed the Minister’ s efforts of constant inspections to ensure prompt delivery of the projects .

He said that Ogun State Government had constructed about 90 percent of federal roads within the state, saying that the Federal Government should consider refunding the state for the projects .

“ I appealed to the Federal Government to consider the state to refund federal roads projects constructed by the state, ’’ he said .

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