It appears the minister of transport, Chibuike Amaechi has lost his patience with Chinese contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC handling the Lagos-Ibadan railway project.

Amaechi on Thursday gave marching orders to the contractor to deliver the Iju (Lagos) to Agbado (Ogun) section of the project within the next two weeks.

He stated that although there had been a considerable improvement on the project, it was important to get the Iju-Agbado section ready this month as commercial activities were more pronounced on the specified location.

Amaechi, directed officials of CCECC to speed up work on the Iju-Agbado section of the project and get it ready for test-run in two weeks.

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“Getting to Abeokuta, you will see that there’s an improvement but the problem they have now is the civil work between Agbado and Iju which is critical to me because I don’t think passengers will go to Agbado to join the train.

“I believe that the closer we are to Lagos, the better for the rail and that is why I had to tell them to tell me what they will do about this before the next two weeks, although there’s a huge improvement up to this point. I want them to speed up the construction from Iju to Agbado,” Amaechi said.

On why the contractor had yet to bring in more equipment to hasten the pace of work, the minister stated that the excuse given by the firm was that the equipment were not off-the-shelf machines that could be moved easily to Nigeria from abroad.

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