FG, CCECC sign $6.68 bn contract for implementation of Ibadan-Kaduna segment of Lagos/Kano rail line

Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, at the signing of the contract 

The Federal Government on Tuesday signed a Contract of $6.68 Billon on the Ibadan – Kaduna Railway Segment of the Lagos-Kano Railway Line with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CC.ECC).
Addressing Journalists shortly after signing the Contract, the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, said that the Contract was for the implementation of Addendum no. 4 Ibadan- Kaduna segment of the Lagos- Kano Rail line at the cost of $6.68 billion.
This one is Ibadan- Kaduna Rail Line, which is part of the Lagos-Kano rail line” he said.
The Hon. Minister added that the completion time of the contract should between  2-3 years, depending on the availability of funds.
Amaechi promised that the Ministry should be able to provide its counterpart funding between 2018 and 2019 budget provision.
The Ibadan- Kaduna Standard Gauge line will pass through Oshogbo-Ilorin-Minna to Kaduna, with a single track branch line from Oshogbo to Ado- Ekiti.
The minister made known that the Contract fulfills the Federal Government’s  plan to complete the Lagos- Kano rail modernization Project which started in 2006 and broken into segments for implementation in 2008.
He said that the segmentation phase commenced in Abuja- Kaduna Rail Line in 2011, which was completed and commissioned into commercial operation by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.
The Federal government in March 2017 commenced implementation of the second leg of the Lagos - Kano line which is the Lagos-Ibadan Rail line that is currently on-going and is planned to be  completed by the end of 2018.
Signing of the Ibadan –Kaduna segment contract concludes all outstanding Segment of Lagos – Kano Rail Line, the minister said.