The Federal Government is set to commission Lagos-Ibadan in June after several postponements occasioned majorly by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi made this known today at the monthly inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project.
“There are one or two problems that we encountered and once that is solved, we intend to commission some time in June” he said.
Still speaking, the Minister said: “The work we started in 2017 or 2018 has come to conclusion. All the 10 or 11 stations are almost ready. Some of the overpasses and underpasses are ready.”
The Minister further informed that the second part of the contract which is Ebute metta to the seaport is almost completed and when ready, cargoes will be transported from the seaport by rail to Ibadan
Also, the Transportation boss gave the information that the model of Mobolaji Johnson Station (Ebute metta) is replicated in Itakpe, Abeokuta and Ibadan, though not as big, adding that same will be done along Ibadan-Kano route and other parts of the country.
On the railway university, the Minister said the essence ” is to train our young ones on how to manage the institution at the completion of the project. Those that are in China will come back to the university and train others to manage the infrastructure”.
The Minister was accompanied on the inspection tour by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh the Chairman, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Engr. Ibrahim Alhassan Musa amongst others.