The Nigerian Railway Corporation said construction work on Lagos-Ibadan railway Project is progressing ahead of the scheduled time for completion of the project.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation Managing Director, Mr. Fidet Okhiria, stated that construction work on the project was ongoing as planned and that contractors are on the site. He stated that perceptions of some quarters were that finance might have delayed work on the project are not necessary, as funds to run the construction of the railway are available.
The Managing Director stated that the latest response from the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on the slow level of the project is because the Federal Government expects the facility to be completed before the scheduled time.
The Minister of Transportation, at the Abeokuta rail station under construction during the monthly scrutiny of the project laments about the delay by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation in finishing the 10 railway stations along the Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge rail line, he said that the Contractor in charge of the 156 km rail line has lowered the level of work on the project.
However, the Managing Director of NRC disclosed that the Minister is not dissatisfied but he was just validating that they will complete before the contract time.
The NRC boss further said that there is no problem or delay that the project is progressing on and everything is moving on smoothly he stated the fact is that the Minister requires the completion of the work before time.
He further said that NRC still hopes that by April there will be the commencement of commercial activities and recently the free ride and test runs are ongoing.