The official launching of Abuja-Kaduna rail project would no longer be feasible by May 29, due to the earlier refusal of Daughters of Charity Hospital in Kubwa to relocate for the alignment of the rail track.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while inspecting the arrival of two new coaches by the railway contractors, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), at Idu disclosed this on Tuesday. Amaechi however said that negotiation had been completed with the hospital, adding that a new facility, including a convent, would be built for them by the contractors on a new site.
The Daughters of Charity hospital according to the Minister, refused the demolition of their place to allow for the alignment of the rail project, the negotiation has however taken place and both parties have agreed that demolition will commence tomorrow.
While promising to keep to their own side of the bargain, he added that the C of O has been given to the hospital, which they have confirmed and the contractors have agreed to build the hospital and convent. The fencing was to have commenced yesterday, and by June, the rail project should be delivered.
The Minister says they have been advised by the engineers not to give time anymore for the official launching but allow the contractors follow their time table. Two coaches were already on ground and the remaining three will arrive in the next 10 days from Lagos as so far, the delay in keeping to the initial date of commissioning has been successfully resolved.
He also said at this first stage, there would be primary training for 1,000 staff who would be on every six kilometers of the rail line for maintenance, while the issue of security and conveyance of passengers from the city center to Idu rail station would be resolved before the test-run.