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Amaechi blames CCECC for slow pace of work on Lagos-Ibadan rail project

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Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has blamed the China Civil
Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for the slow pace of work at the
ongoing construction of Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail line.

expressed disappointment on the progress of work done so far while inspecting
the project on Monday.
minister chided the contractor for slowing down work and track-laying from
Distance Kilometre (DK) 121 to 157 of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project.
to him, the Federal Government plans to commence transportation of cargoes from
the sea ports through the standard rail gauge by December.
“Since you came to this segment of the project, you
have not done anything here.
those of you who are here with me on this inspection, did you see any work
going on? There is no work at all.
Kilometre 121 to 157, there is no work at all; and you have no reason
whatsoever not to have worked, because we are not owing you.
are doing no job, absolutely no job,” he said.
also said that the Federal Executive Council would discuss the issue of the
project during its next meeting.
minister said he was dissatisfied with the contractor, saying the company had
failed to implement the affected section of the project as earlier discussed
with them at a previous meeting.
to him, the Federal Government has paid its own counterpart fund for the
said that the China construction company had no acceptable reason to tender for
its inaction, since there was no funding problem on execution of the contract.
minister, however, said that the contractor had pleaded for more time to meet
the May deadline for the delivery date of the project.(NAN)

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