Nigeria’s Transportation Minister, Chibuike Amaechi is desperate to see the ongoing work on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail completed on schedule.

He has asked the contractor handling the 150-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan railway project, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC to work day and night to meet the December, 2018 deadline.

Amaechi made this demand on Monday after the monthly meeting of the Project Steering Committee with the CCECC team at the Papalanto rail/work station in Ogun State.

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Although he acknowledged that there had been remarkable progress at the pace of work, he noted the rainy season would pose a major challenge.

“The rain will be a major setback on the plans. The CCECC is the company that has to find the engineering solution to this. But whether they find a solution or not, the element cannot be ignored. That’s why I advised that they should work day and night to achieve the set goals,” the minister stated.

Amaechi also said the contractor would begin the laying of the track on the new line next month and is optimistic that the December delivery date for the $1.5 billion standard gauge rail line is feasible.

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