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Amaechi orders demolition, expansion of Apapa Rail Station

The Transportation Minister
, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday ordered that the Apapa rail station be demolished for an expansion to accommodate more activities in the seaport.

Amaechi gave the order while inspecting ongoing work on the rail project,
adding that there was the need to pull down the present structures for easy
access to the seaport to pick goods with rail.
said, “the quality of work is going very well. Both the track laying and field
work are going well. The problem is Lagos. We have a problem in Lagos, Apapa to
be precise. Not because there is work done in Apapa but because we are going to
relocate one of the stations in Apapa.
“The problem with Lagos is the relocation of gas and oil pipelines. We will try
and award the contract for the water pipelines because they have not finished
the technical work for the relocation of the gas and oil pipelines. This is
slowing down the activities of work in Lagos.
“At the last meeting in Ajaokuta or Warri, we insisted that they must have
culverts in Lagos. We discovered that they just did four culverts but that is
not enough.
“We believe that the task we have given them is going on well because the
contract is in two phases. The first phase is the Ebute Meta to Ibadan and we
believe that we should be able to complete that. The second phase is the Apapa
sea port. If we are not able to complete that, we will start commercial
activities from Ebute Meta to Ibadan, which is the original contract.
“It was this government that said all railways must terminate at seaports. For
that one, if we finish on time, fine, if we don’t, we continue but work is
progressing rapidly from Ebute Meta to Ibadan
Concerning  work on the bridges, Amaechi said, “The bridges have to
be constructed first, then the tracks will flow. This is because one third of
the construction is over the bridge. The project is designed for three years.
We are the ones pushing the contractors to finish it in one year. I have always
insisted that no matter the situation, we will begin commercial activities in
Ibadan to Ebute Meta first.”

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