Nigeria Again To Miss Completion Target Date For Lagos-Ibadan Railway ~Minister
Nigeria for the umpteenth time may miss the April target for the completion of the standard gauge railway project along Lagos to Ibadan as the minister in charge of transportation said the April 2020 completion date is no longer feasible.
Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers States who could not complete a similar project during his tenure as the governor said on Monday the pace of work on the $1.5 billion project indicated that it would not be feasible to complete the project in April as planned.
On January 14 this year, the minister had during a television programme stated that the government was working to ensure that the project was completed in April and inaugurated by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in May 2020.
While inspecting the project Amaechi said it was not feasible to complete the project as earlier planned.
“Looking at the state of work in Apapa, completing the project in April doesn’t seem feasible, especially the extension of the rail line to the seaport,” Amaechi also stated via his verified Twitter handle.
“We’ll, however, continue to work and redouble our efforts to complete the project and meet set targets.”
Amaechi had started a light rail project in Rivers State while he was the governor and promised to deliver before the expiry of his tenure on May 29, 2015.
However, he was unable to complete with the project and works on the rail line has since been stopped by his predecessor.
The Lagos-Ibadan rail projects is being jointly financed by the Chinese government with counterpart funding from the government of Nigeria.
The projects designed to ease transportation between the two largest cities in the country and reduce traffic pressure on the road.