Lagos-Ibadan rail
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The Federal Government has set a new deadline for the completion of Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail project earlier billed to be delivered this month.

According to the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi on Tuesday at the monthly routine tour of the $1.7 billion, the project must be completed in February.

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“What we agreed on at this meeting is that by February, we must have a train service that makes transport sense,” he said.

“We would ensure that we have a situation where people can board our train from Lagos to Ibadan.”

He added: “We only have one or two bridges left in the entire project and I am very sure that by the time we are having our next meeting, this would have reduced to one, if at all there would still be any left…

“I have just been informed by the contractor that they are facing serious security challenges from armed robbers, who steal their property.

“I have directed that they tackle that. This is what we have not been experiencing at the Abeokuta to Ibadan end of the project. This obviously also compounds the problem and slows down the pace of work.”