Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has urged the contractor dealing with the Lagos-Ibadan railway venture, Chinese language Civil Engineering Development Firm (CCECC), to expedite motion to make sure that prepare operations start by February 2019.

Lagos-Ibadan Railway Practice operations to start February 2019 – Amaechi

He additionally urged the agency to briefly droop work on the development of station buildings alongside the hall of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line and give attention to the laying of tracks being the main work for the time being in order that by February, prepare operations would begin from Lagos to Abeokuta and subsequently to Ibadan.

The minister, who spoke yesterday whereas inspecting the rail line after the month-to-month assembly of the venture monitoring steering committee, expressed satisfaction on the tempo of labor.

A press release made accessible to journalists and signed by the Deputy Director, Press, within the ministry, mentioned the minister famous that the tempo of labor on the railway venture is progressing provided that there at the moment are minimal challenges that might hinder development work.

He, nevertheless, charged CCECC to promptly search the assist of safety businesses for sufficient and efficient policing of their personnel and tools on account of incidences of group harassment on the agency and its staff in addition to theft of their tools.

In one other improvement, the Federal Authorities yesterday mentioned it deliberate to ban all vehicles and different articulated autos transporting cargo alongside the Lagos-Ibadan freeway starting from 2019.

It mentioned that from June, all cargo-carrying autos can be compelled to make use of the rail system as a method of transporting heavy-duty items from Lagos to different components of the nation.

Amaechi gave the indication whereas briefing State Home Correspondents after the Federal Government Council (FEC) assembly presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“We imagine that by subsequent 12 months, we’ll start to encourage those that transport by vehicles between Lagos and Ibadan to make use of the rail.

“At that time, a lot of the vehicles carrying cargo going to Ibadan should be on the rail in order that we are able to save the Lagos/Ibadan highway,” he mentioned.

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