The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project will be completed by April 2020, just as it has fixed next week as the commencement date for the test-run of the train.
Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who made the disclosure shortly after inspecting the project site in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, expressed optimism about achieving the completion deadline judging by the pace at which contractors are currently working, he said.
According to him; “We are no longer giving ourselves the time, the contractors are the ones giving us time. By April next year, we will be out of this place. There is huge improvement compared to the last time we were here. The contractors have assured us that by December 20, this year, the laying of tracks would have gotten to Ibadan Station.
“This means that the focus will no longer be on the tracks but on the completion of the stations, communication and signalling and once we achieve this it means we are out of Ibadan,” he said.
Speaking further, he said: “They are eager to complete the stations but the constraint at the moment is that the equipment have not arrived from China, and our argument is that they should get some things from Nigeria. They are expecting pipes and other things and they requested that we should give them one or two months to complete the stations.
“They equally wanted to import glasses and doors from China but we have to put pressure on them to buy those glasses and doors in Nigeria in order to quicken the time with which they would install,” he said.