Minor touches stand between us and the completion of the Lagos – Ibadan rail line – Amaechi
Reports coming in from Lagos, the nation’s economic capital say that minor touches to facilities that are being provided by the Federal Government is all that is required to complete work on the project.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi who was in Lagos at the weekend was on ground to monitor the extent of work remarked that ongoing construction work would soon be concluded.
The Minister who took to his official Twitter handle said, ” During our inspection tour of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, I reaffirmed that the contractors must continue to work in accordance with our design specifications.”
Initially, facilities such as the train stations were without chairs and other infrastructure required to accommodate rail users.
But evidence which emerged during the recent visit shows that the contractors handling the project have provided most of the facilities that are needed to make rail travellers comfortable.
The Minister remarked, “Just some minor touches” are “left to reach total completion of this line.”
Recall that Professor Woke Soyinka, the Nobel Luarate, had months ago travelled on board a train service along the Lagos – Ibadan rail line when the Ministry of Transportation began test runs.
When operational, the rail line is expected to convey tonnes of cargo as well as a growing number of rail users who are more likely to prefer to do the journey which takes several man-hours by road between Lagos and Ibadan by rail.
Meanwhile, we have learnt that Amaechi and members of his delegation who inspected the level of work accomplished on the rail line may already be on their way back to the Federal capital, Abuja.
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