I Am Impressed With The Pace Of Rail Construction So Far- Amaechi.
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The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that he was impressed with the pace of work done at the construction sites of the Lagos- Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway Line by the Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC), the construction company handling the construction work.
Amaechi said this during a progressive report while fielding questions from journalists on Monday, 12th March, 2018 in Abeokuta, Ogun State after the monthly inspection tour of the Rail project along the corridor.
“There had been remarkable progress in the pace of work done in the last one month, but CCECC should put more efforts to achieve the set target”, he said.
The Minister stated that the contractor would begin the laying of track on the new line next month and was optimistic that the December delivery date of the Standard Gauge Rail line is feasible.
He also revealed that a Train Station in Abeokuta, Ogun State had to be moved North wards to another location within the State to avoid demolishing about one thousand and four building on the Right of Way, which would saved the Federal Government about N2.8 billion as compensation to owners of those properties.
He said that the biggest challenge of the project at the moment was with the Lagos corridor where many utilities such as Power lines, Water Pipelines and Bridges were on the Rail’s Right of Way thus hindering the Rail construction.
He explained that some water pipelines belonging to the Lagos State Government would have to be relocated so that construction will continue unhindered.
He recalled that a Committee which was constituted during the Steering Committee meeting of 12th February, 2018 with Nigerian Railway Corporation Chairman, Engr. Usman Abubakar as Chairman and Representatives of CCECC and NNPC, the Army and the Managing Director of the NRC as members are to find solution to the removal of all obstacles on the Corridor of Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge project.
The Minister said that the Committee is mandated to ensure the removal of all obstacles that may hinder the early completion of the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge project, informing that the Committee will operate as a Standing Committee until all obstacles are removed as it will present update on its activities during the monthly Steering Committee meeting.
He directed the CCECC handling the project to endeavour to work day and night in order to achieve meaningful progress, advising the contractor to employ more man power and equipment so that the work would not be delayed.
Responding on the likely impact of the rainy season as a setback, Amaechi stated that “rain is a major setback on the plan; the CCECC is a Company that has to find engineering solution to this. But whether they find solution or not, the element cannot be ignored, that’s why I advise CCECC to work day and night to achieve the set goals”.
Commenting further on the relocation of the water pipelines belonging to the Lagos State Government, the Minister hinted that adjustments will be made to the power line. “We still have problems with water that is why I said the Committee chaired by the Chairman of Railway should find solution to that. We are looking at the best engineering solution that will have minimal impact on the citizens”.
Yetunde Sonaike (Mrs.)