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Works on Lagos-Ibadan rail project reaches 100% completion – Minister

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The Federal government has disclosed that works on the Lagos-Ibadan rail project have reached 100 per cent even though the laying of the tracks is at kilometre 133 at Kila in Ibadan, Oyo state.

Lagos-Ibadan rail construction has a total of 156 kilometres and laying of tracks has reached 133 leaving only 23 tracks to be completed.

Speaking after an inspection on Friday at Kila in Ibadan, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi stated that the ongoing rail project is one hundred per cent complete.

Amaechi noted that “When we started, this whole area we are driving through was just bushes.

“They have not cleared the road, we created roads with our cars, but at the end of the day, we are coming to the end of the project with new vegetation.”

The Minister explained further that, “There used to be green grasses here, trees, waters and creeks, the creek is turned into dry land some of the areas where you have valleys we have built bridges, any area that we did not need to build bridges, we created roads”.

He said: “Areas we could have just moved straight on, we created valleys just to ensure Nigerians are able to move from Lagos to Ibadan.”

“We are going to the end of the track because we are getting to Kilometer 156 and what remains is 33 kilometres which they can cover in the next three weeks.

He revealed that “CCECC has confirmed that by the end of May, they will complete track activities on this Lagos to Ibadan. So we are ahead of schedule, Hundred per cent ahead of schedule, ” he disclosed.

So, “We should be at the end of the outskirt at the end of the month.”

Similarly, Amaechi said work at the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail project has reached an advanced stage.

According to him, “The track has gone to Warri and they are using it now, but they have not finished with the station and I expect that by the end of the year they can finish it, in fact before July.

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