Lagos-Ibadan rail’ll ready in June – Amaechi




File Photo: The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaehi

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has assured that by early June this year, the rail transport system would be ready for use between Lagos and Ibadan.
The Lagos-Abeokuta rail had been completed earlier in the year as passengers were offered a three-month free ride. The period of free ride was however later shortened.
Amaechi who spoke to some journalists over the weekend noted that his commitment to the full take off of rail transportation in Nigeria is aimed at making life easier and better for Nigerians.
He undertakes rail inspection trips at least twice in a month. The Ghanaian government recently sent a team led by its Minister of Rail Development, Hon. Joe Ghartey, to come and understudy the progress being made in Nigeria’s rail projects.
The Lagos-Ibadan rail project is being executed at the cost of $1.6 billion, which is being funded from the loan from the Chinese government.
He explained that the hitherto abandoned Itakpe-Wari rail line has been completed and has commenced operation.
It shall, for a start, be carrying 100 passengers per trip, until more coaches are purchased.
The Itakpe-Warri rail line was abandoned for 34 years.
“It is one rail project that we did not borrow a dime to complete. President Muhammadu Buhari was and still enthusiastic in driving the rail project in Nigeria as a way of improving the nation’s economy.

“The Itakpe –Warri rail line was revived and completed with $200m. Presently, the Railway Village which was burnt is being rehabilitated, just as the Railway yard (which will comprise school, hospital and maintenance units) is being built in Agbor, Delta State,” he said.


Amaechi also noted that the cost of land and other properties on the rail corridor had all gone up as many people were already scrambling to buy parcels of land and property along such places, in anticipation of the economies that would be built within those areas.
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