Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed dissatisfaction with CCECC over the slow pace of work on the Lagos to Ibadan rail line.

The minister, who spoke yesterday while inspecting the project in Lagos, added that the company had given a commitment towards finishing it by the end of April.
According to him, “I am sick and tired of CCECC and that is why I asked them to see us on Wednesday. Although most of the things remaining are minor, and it cannot delay the movement of goods, they have promised to finish by the end of the month.

“The consultant company, the team, have also complained that they don’t go by their work plan and this will not happen going forward.

“When we start Ibadan-Kano rail it would be a different ball game, and we will ensure they keep to the plan. For Ibadan to Kano, everybody must go according to the work plan both in terms of payment, construction, inspection, and everything.”

The minister also said the pace of work has slowed down. “We agreed with them that we will commission it in April but who will commission this kind of thing?”

On the new date of the commissioning of the project, he said: “If you look at the level of work, we cannot ask the president to commission this. We will give CCECC a definite time and I know they will speed up. There are some minor things they need to put in place, but it is taking time to do that, some of those things should not take more than a day or two to put in place, so I am not so worried.

“We are trying to get an appointment from the office of the president for the date of commissioning. Once they give us a date, we will announce it. There are a lot of things involved in bringing the president to commission the project.”

On the Ibadan–Kano rail project, Amaechi said the ministry is waiting for China-EXIM Bank to disburse the loan.

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