(NEWS INVESTIGATORS) Barely two days after being sworn in as Minister, the Minister of Transportation, Hon Chibuike Amaechi has embarked on an inspection tour of the Lagos Ibadan rail line.
The minister of transportation, Mr. Rotimi Ameachi has since resumed his duty post and has hit the construction site of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway site. The site has been on low key since May when the tenure of the minister elapsed.
He and some of his team decided to embark on-site assessment of the place and see things for themselves.
The Minister in a determined move to ensure the development of robust rail infrastructure in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision had made the inspection of the rail project in his first four years in office a monthly routine since its commencement of in 2017.
Recall that during the last inspection tour of the project on the 10th of May, which was two weeks to the beginning of a new democratic dispensation, the Minister announced that the track laying on Lagos Ibadan rail line would be completed by the end of May ahead of its scheduled three years completion date
The 157km Lagos Ibadan rail project was awarded in 2017 to the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC to the tune of $1.6billion with a three years completion agreement.
Speaking shortly after the inspection of the project in Ibadan, in May, the Minister of Transportation said the laying of the rail tracks had already gotten to 123 kilometers.
” So remaining 34 to 35km which they can cover in the next three weeks which they confirmed would be completed before the end of May.
Currently, track laying from Iju-Ibadan is 100percent completed, while construction work from Ebutte meta to Apapa is ongoing.