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NRC begins work on Lagos rail standard gauge

The Nigeria Railway
Corporation (NRC) has s
tarted the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard rail
after resolving the challenges of underground pipelines and cables.

NRC’s Lagos District Manager, Mr Jerry Oche, told
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that work had started on the laying of
standard rail gauge from the Lagos axis.

He said: “We all know that the standard gauge in
Lagos axis – from Apapa to Ijoko in Ogun State – is in the same corridor with
narrow gauge.

“Now, so far so good, the government is serious
about delivering the project on schedule. There is an increase in the pace of
work on the Lagos axis.

“The project has
been concentrated outside Lagos as a result of the underground cables and
pipelines challenges in the city.

“But all have been resolved now and work has started
wholly in the axis.”

According to him, water pipelines, cables and other
installations underground posed challenge to the work in Lagos.

The NRC district manager said some of the railway
staff quarters were also affected by the construction.

He said the corporation had paid the affected
workers a year’s accommodation rent to secure alternative accommodation,
pending when the new quarters built for them would be completed.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi,
recently said the laying of tracks of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge line
would start as soon as the issue on installations of public utilities were

Amaechi spoke at
Papalanto in Ogun State during an assessment of progress of work on the rail

According to him, the contractor in charge of the
project will start laying the tracks in the Lagos axis as soon as issues on
cables and the pipelines are resolved.

He said: “I am satisfied with the rate at which the
project is going. I know the project will be delivered in due course.

“The laying of tracks will start in Lagos soon. What
the engineers are doing now is to ensure proper channels before the laying of
the tracks.”

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