The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Ameachi, said that Federal Government would ensure the completion of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail services by Dec. 2018.
Ameachi while inspecting the ongoing rail projects at Ijoko community area of Ogun State on Mondaysaid that the Federal Government was making all efforts to ensure the completion of the project as scheduled.
“I have made a personally decisions to come to Lagos to get briefing and update on the ongoing project.
“I have decided to come to the site monthly to put the company handling the project on their toes to ensure quick delivery of the project.
“The government is committed to deliver the projects on time for the benefit of the people at least by December 2018, Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail operation should commence,’’ he said.
Ameachi added that the only challenge facing the projects were the bridges across the rail lines noting that some of the bridges include Oshodi, Ikeja and the newly constructed Ijoko Bridge in Ogun State.
According to him, various means would be considered to determine the cheaper alternatives of moving the rail across the bridges due to its height and flow levels.
Amosun, earlier in his remarks, commended the Federal Government on the rail project, saying that the development would bring economic development to the various communities within both states.
He hailed the Minister’s efforts of constant inspections to ensure prompt delivery of the projects and appealed to the federal government to refund Ogun State Government having constructed about 90 per cent of federal roads within the state.