Lagos-Ibadan railway project – FG to offer free trains from Lagos to Abeokuta
Revealing that the FG has now sorted the rail network within the Lagos axis.
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– The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said that the federal government has promised free train ride from Lagos to Ogun – and that this will be implemented as soon as the laying of tracks is completed in January, 2019
Amaechi, during an inspection tour of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project, said that 38 kilometres had been completed on the 73 km track from Lagos to Abeokuta, adding that the contractor assured him that the axis would be completed by February, 2019,
He further disclosed plans to deploy about eight new wagons on the Ajaokuta and Itakpe axis of the rail track. He said that by the first week of January, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some ministers would be brought to inspect the project, after which passengers would enjoy free train ride from Iju to Abeokuta.
The minister said that the federal government’s target was to get to Ibadan by end of January, after which pressure would be put on the construction company to complete the station buildings, and to focus on completing one track rather than constructing the two tracks simultaneously.
Amaechi said that the federal government had been able to deal with the challenges at the Lagos axis, adding that the initial budget for the project was $1.6 billion.
However, he hinted that the cost might increase due to some unforeseen challenges encountered during the execution, such as payment of compensation for the demolition of some structures.
Spend less on the Internet! “If the $2 billion used by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for campaign during the 2015 general election was deployed in the rail project, they would have completed it from Ibadan to Minna,” he argued.
The House committee chairman, land transport, Abdulmumini Jibril, commended the pace of work on the project. He reiterated commitment of the committee to support the ministry as much as possible in order to ensure that the work is completed.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government had opened the construction area at the Lagos-Sagamu end of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway to commuters.
The federal controller of works, Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, revealed on Tuesday, December 18, that it was done to ease traffic during the festive period. “Construction works will resume in January, ” he said.