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FG Will Commission Lagos-Ibadan Railway By June – Rotimi Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, the honourable Minister of Transportation, has said the federal government will commission the Lagos-Ibadan railway project in June.

He mentioned this on Monday at the monthly inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project, where he disclosed that the ministry would soon inaugurate a railway university.

“There are one or two problems that we encountered and once that is solved, we intend to commission sometime in June.

“The work we started in 2017 or 2018 has concluded. All the 10 or 11 stations are almost ready. Some of the overpasses and underpasses are ready.”

The minister also revealed that the second part of the contract which is Ebute Metta to the seaport was almost finished and at its completion, cargoes would be transported from the seaport by rail to Ibadan.

The minister said the model of Mobolaji Johnson Station (Ebute Metta) was replicated in Itakpe, Abeokuta, and Ibadan, and it will also be replicated along the Ibadan-Kano route and other parts of the country.

On the railway university, Amaechi said the essence was ‘to train our young ones on how to manage the institution after the project’.

“Those that are in China will come back to the university and train others to manage the infrastructure,” he said.

In attendance during the inspection tour were the Permanent Secretary, Dr Magdalene Ajani, the Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh, the Chairman, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Ibrahim Musa, amongst others.

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