The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the advent of COVID-19 stalled the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in January
He also revealed that the project has been extended the project from its original destination at Ebutte Meta to the Lagos ports.
Speaking to newsmen after on-the-spot assessment of the three major and seven minor stations of the newly constructed standard gauge railway in Ibadan othe Minister said the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC), had connected the rail line with the Apapa port.
He said, “It is not clear when the project is to be commissioned as the earlier commissioning date of January 2021 was shifted due to the second wave of COVID-19. Sometime in January, over 60 workers on the site contracted COVID-19 which stalled the completion of the project.
“At the moment, it is observed that most of the mini stations are still undergoing finishing touches while the cooling systems have been fixed.
“At the Wole Soyinka Station, Abeokuta, another mega station, the cooling system is yet to be fixed as well as other facilities in the interior parts of the station,” he said.
Amaechi came to the project site with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Magdalene Ajani; Chairman Governing Board of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Musa Al-Hassan and the Managing Director of NRC, Fidet Okhiria.
The officials started the inspection from Ebutte Meta before proceeding to Apapa port.
Inside the port, the Amaechi said that he is not happy with the indiscriminate parking of trucks on the old narrow-gauge tracks along the corridor.