Transport Minister tasks Contractor to use indigenous materials

David Adekunle & Shiktra Shalangwa

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Nigeria’s Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has tasked the contractor handling Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail project, China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation, CCECC to patronize indigenous good materials to enhance more productions.

Mr Amaechi during the monthly routine inspection of the ongoing project said that the contractor has done excellently well as far as track laying was concerned.

The Transport Minister stated that the remaining portion from Agege to Apapa would not affect the targeted April 2020 delivery date as work was ongoing at that corridor.

According to him, the contractor should know that there are some local materials that are good for the work, there ws no reason they should import doors and some materials since they can not import cement.

Delay in Completion
Amaechi criticised the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation  for delaying the completion of the 10 railway stations along Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.

“The contractor has reduced the pace of work between November and December, the situation is becoming embarrassing, the Federal Government would have to meet with the Chinese contractor to sort out the issue,” he said.

The Minister also expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of work at Agbado, Kajola, Papalanto, Abeokuta and Olodo railway stations, saying the contractor promised to finish the stations within three months.

He, therefore, insisted that the stations be completed by the end of January 2020, and not by April, when the project is expected to be inaugurated.

In November, Amaechi announced a free train ride on Lagos – Ibadan standard guage rail, which it take-off point would be from Iju in Lagos to Ibadan and  would run until March, 2020.

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