Buhari in­au­gu­rates La­gos-ibadan rail­way in May – Amaechi

May, says Amaechi

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Okechukwu Nn­odim, Abuja

The Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion, Ro­timi Amaechi, on Tues­day said the Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.), could in­au­gu­rate the Lagosibada­n rail­way in May.

Amaechi, who said this on a live tele­vi­sion pro­gramme mon­i­tored in Abuja, noted that the Fed­eral Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion had been work­ing hard to see that the project was set for in­au­gu­ra­tion in April.

He, how­ever, stated that the Pres­i­dent might wish to in­au­gu­rate it in May.

The min­is­ter said, “We have put the Pres­i­dent on no­tice that we are ready to com­mis­sion the LagosIbada­n rail­way by April. Prob­a­bly, since we (used to) have Democ­racy Day in May, he (Buhari) may wish to com­mis­sion it in May.”

Amaechi had late last year an­nounced that the LagosIbada­n rail project would be ready for in­au­gu­ra­tion in April.

Also, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Nige­rian Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion, Fidet Okhiria, told our cor­re­spon­dent on the sec­ond day of this year that con­struc­tion work on the over $1.5bn La­gos-ibadan rail­way project was mov­ing ahead of the sched­uled time for its com­ple­tion.

Okhiria stated that the project would be ready for com­mer­cial use by April this year as planned.

“We are still look­ing at April to start com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions and right now the free ride and test runs are on­go­ing,” he stated.

Com­ment­ing on other rail projects dur­ing the live tele­vi­sion pro­gramme on Tues­day, the trans­porta­tion min­is­ter stated that aside from com­plet­ing the Abuja-kaduna rail­way, the govern­ment would also com­plete the Itakpe-warri rail line soon.

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