Osinbajo To Flag-Off Lagos-Abeokuta Rail Project Next Week

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By Aminat Isah

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The Federal Government says it would flag off the first phase of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project next week.

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The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi disclosed this during the monthly inspection of the project as a result of the noticeable improvement he noticed in the project.

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“There is huge improvement and some of you have attributed it to my constant harassment on the site. I am impressed and from what I see, the Vice President is still going to ride on the train on the 6th except he has other arrangements. Once the Vice President flags it off, we will start using it and it will be free. The free ride will be for two months,”

He noted that the Lagos-Abeokuta axis , which is the first phase to be flagged off for passenger use, would reduce the travel time from one hour travel to a forty-five minutes travel after adding the stop over times.

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“The Vice president is coming to flag off the passenger use of the first phase from Lagos to Abeokuta which will reduce passenger travel time from one hour to 45 minutes and the reason why it is 45 minutes is because people might stop in different locations,” said Amaechi

He further said there is no litigation whatsoever on the Abeokuta axis, but in the eventual case of any, it would be inside the yard of NRC and said “there is one building that we are yet to pay compensation but it is not in court and we are still negotiating the compensation,”

The minister further said although there are only two coaches on the corridor presently, he has directed that more coaches be brought from Itakpe-Warri as the passenger traffic on that corridor is not as high as what is expect on Lagos-Abeokuta and also said the Abeokuta-Ibadan axis which is still under construction would be faster as civil work which is considered a problem have gone far.

“The only problem they have is that they have to blast rocks and that they are doing now to make sure that before the end of June, it will be ready. What will be the problem will not be the tracks but the stations and the communication systems. It will be difficult if it is a two way traffic but we are avoiding that till we install the communication systems.

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