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Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi has said he is not happy with the rate of work at the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, especially at the Lagos end.

Amaechi said the work has been slowed down at the Lagos end following his inspection of the project on Tuesday.

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According to him, “The expectations from the sub-contractor appointed for relocation of pipes and all that were not met.

“The persons relocating the water pipelines are expected to finish by November 2 with different excuses that they discovered other utilities underground.

“The excuses are not obtainable. I have told them to speed up the work.”

In addition, he said he has “instructed the contractor and the project consultant to have local engineers on site.

“The construction of beams which is ongoing is a strategic part of the project which should be understudied by Nigerian engineers to be able to carry out the project in future.

“Though there is a huge improvement in the level of work carried out on Abeokuta axis where some bridges had been constructed including the one on Ogun.

“Some of the stations won’t take more than one month to complete especially now that the rain is over, so we are still on target.”