Construction Of New Railway Lines: Lagos Bridges To Be Demolished


Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the laying of tracks of Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway line would start in December.

He made the revelation in Lagos, on Monday, November 6, when he met with the Steering Committee of the project and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC).

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Amaechi also said that Jibowu and Costain bridges in Lagos would be demolished to give way for the new railway lines.

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The minister said:

“The two bridges that we may likely demolish are Jibowu and Costain to give way to the rail lines.

“But we are rebuilding them immediately; we are not going to abandon them.

“The challenges will be in the cities like Lagos, Abekouta and Ibadan because we have to pay compensation, look at the water pipes, gas pipes, houses and cables.

“In Lagos especially, we deal with bridges, electric cables and water pipes and other assets.”

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Speaking further, Amaechi added that CCECC was consulting with Lagos State Water Corporation, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation( NNPC), among others, to facilitate relocation of water and gas pipe lines that were parallel to railway line.

He went on to disclose that CCECC would kick off laying tracks by December in Lagos, noting that parts of the rail lines that would be used for the project would arrive the country by end of November.

While inspecting the level of work done, the minister urged the construction company to speed up it pace of work in order to meet up with the deadline.

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Mr. Amaechi called on Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to see to it that adequate security was made available for officials of CCECC handling the construction of the rail line.

He also urged the Coordinator of the project, Mr Leo Tim, to complete the necessary documentation to facilitate provision of security on site by relevant security agencies.

The transport minister visited Ijoko, Papalanto, Itori and Ewekoro community in Ogun State as part of the monthly site monitoring to ensure the project met the timelag by December 2018.