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Why Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project completion may be delayed

Completion of the Lagos-Ibadan railway projection may
experience delay as a result of some obstruction on the right of way.

The Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi,
while on inspection of the project on Monday said that pipelines and other
equipment on rail tracks may delay the early completion of the project.
Amaechi said the contractor handling the job, China
Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), was having difficulties
relocating the pipelines.

The minister told newsmen after the inspection of the
rail project at Ibadan, that water pipes, gas and fuel pipelines were
identified as major challenge for the contractor.

He however said challenges on the bridges had been
taken care of.

The Minister said though the laying of tracks from
Agbado-Ibadan may have been completed, the biggest issue for the contractor is
how to relocate the pipelines obstructing the rail tracks.
He added that the contractor was able to deal with
the problem of equipment from Iju to Apapa, while they will have discussions with
the Flour Mills on the part of their structure that would be affected.

“We will talk
with them; pay them compensation and demolish the portion we need.
“But there is a pipe they have which is very dangerous,
it comes from Escravos and the moment you shut that pipe, there will be fuel

“We can’t afford fuel scarcity; so, we can’t afford to
shut it down. Of concern to the contractor is the relocation of the Flour Mill
Factory constructed on the existing narrow gauge track,” Amaechi said.

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