The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi on Tuesday directed the Chinese Civil Engineering Company (CCECC), the contractors handling the Lagos-Ibadan railway to ensure that the train becomes operational before February 2019 general elections.
The minister directed the contractor during the monthly inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in Papalanto, Ogun State. He stressed that the contractors must also ensure that the tracks and bridges were completed and the train must make transport sense.
“There must be train on the tracks before February. It doesn’t matter when, but there must be a train on the track that makes transport sense.
“What I mean by transport sense is that, it must be able to carry passengers from Abeokuta if not up-to Ibadan, we have agreed that everybody must work towards it.
“The next inspection is on December 18 and that is two weeks from now.
“Before, we used to have it once in a month but now it will be twice in a month to ensure that, that is achieved.
“So, we will be back here to ensure that what we have agreed to today will be implemented. The work is progressing rapidly, the weather is no longer an issue, the elements were an issue before, but now it is no longer an issue.
“You should know that on the 18th, we would have started campaign, the president has emphasised that we must build infrastructure,” Amaechi said.
According to him, out of 10 bridges only two was uncompleted noting that before the next inspection on Dec. 18, one must be completed.
Amaechi, speaking on his political job as Director-General of Buhari’s campaign, equally assured that the campaign won’t affect his work.
He said that Mr President was determined to build infrastructure stating that the monthly inspection would now hold every two weeks to ensure progress on the project.