The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC is racing against time to beat the deadline set by the ministry of transportation.

The engineering firm has now started working on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line day and night in order to fast-track its construction and make the standard gauge line available for use early next year.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to inspect the project from Lagos to Abeokuta in the first week of January, according to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

About two weeks ago, the minister, who bemoaned attacks by hoodlums and armed robbers on the CCECC’s workers among other factors slowing down the construction, said the December 2018 deadline initially set for the completion of the standard project was no longer feasible. He gave February 2019 as the new date.

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In order to meet up with the new date, the contractor said it had stepped up efforts to mobilise more workers and equipment to the site.

The Public Relations Consultant to the CCECC, Abdurraof Akinwoye, said that the Chinese contractor commenced overnight work on the rail project about three weeks ago.

He specifically said more men and materials were drafted to the Iju, Agbado and Ijoko areas of the railway corridor for the overnight work.

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