Lagos-Ibadan Railway: Rotimi Ameachi Visits Site, Expresses Disappointment

In a bid to ensure smooth delivery and also to keep track of the day to
day activity of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway, the minister of
transportation, RT. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi was at the site of the
Lagos-Ibadan Railway Site. The location is unknown but it seems to be
within Ogun State and somewhere around Iju in Lagos.

With the way
things are going, it will take a miracle for this project to be
delivered in February as instructed by the minister as there are still
lots to be done. Take Lagos for example, we can report that only 20% of
the project has been covered as even the head office in Ebute Metta is
still undergoing clearing. According to Tribune Newspapers, the minister
was quoted to said, “I am not impressed. There is nothing new. The pace
is as if nothing happened.”

However, the contractor revealed
that some of the equipment to fast-track the project were offshore,
which the minister urged them to up their ante.

“There are mixed
feelings in the sense that getting to Abeokuta, you will see that there
is an improvement. The problem they have now is the civil works between
Agbado and Iju, which is critical to me. The closer we are to Lagos, the
better for the project. That is what we are battling here.

“The
equipment we are talking of are not off the shelve equipment. Getting
more hands is not the problem but getting the equipment for more hands
to use is the problem. What we saw from Agbado to Iju is not a matter of
more hands, its a matter of equipment. These are equipment you apply
for from overseas and they ship it down. So if the equipment arrives,
probably they will finish the job.
It will be recalled that The Lagos
Ibadan Railway project was fully funded by the Chinese Government and
there are expected to deliver before mid-2019.

These are some of the pictures from the inspection…