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156 km Lagos-Ibadan railway project to be commissioned in May



156 km Lagos-Ibadan railway project to be commissioned in May
The newly constructed 156-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan railway project will be ready for commissioning by May 2019, ROYAL NEWS has learnt.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Fidet Okheria, stated this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.
He noted that commercial operation would commence on the 85km Iju-Abeokuta section also to end the three months free passenger ride.
According to him, “This will be after the ongoing free train ride by passengers on the line expected to last for three months. The Iju-Abeokuta section of the standard gauge new railway is currently operating a daily free train, which will last for three months.
“Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, led several dignitaries including Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, on a train ride from Iju to Abeokuta on February 8 to signify the commitment of the Federal Government to the new railway project.
“The entire stretch of the new line from Lagos to Ibadan would have been completed in May this year.”
He further disclosed that the contractor handling the project,China Civil Engineering, would need to lay rail track from Iju to Ebute Meta and extend it to the Lagos port.
“Substantial work on the Ibadan-Abeokuta end of the project because construction was on simultaneously from both the Lagos and Ibadan ends when the project started.
“The CCECC was not expected to encounter much difficulty in the execution of the Lagos-Iju work having secured the cooperation of the Lagos State Government and other affected stakeholders and had jointly agreed on how to handle the various knotty issues”, he added.
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