If you have been left frustrated by the pace of work on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway construction, you are not alone.

Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation is also not impressed with the pace of work, particularly at the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project.

Amaechi expressed his disappointment during the monthly inspection of the project in Ibadan on Tuesday.

“There is a slow pace of work in Lagos axis of the project,

“The expectations from the sub-contractor appointed for relocation of pipes and all that were not met.

“The persons relocating the water pipelines are expected to finish by November 2 with different excuses that they discovered other utilities underground.

“The excuses are not obtainable. I have told them to speed up the work,” he said.

The minister said about 10 train stations would be constructed from the Lagos axis to Ibadan to allow various communities have access to the train services.

The minister charged the China Civil Engineer Construction Company (CCECC), the contractor handling the project to employ Nigerian engineers in the construction works.

The minister said that there was need for more workforce working on site to enable them to meet the target set for the project.

“I have instructed the contractor and the project consultant to have local engineers on site.

“The construction of beams which is ongoing is a strategic part of the project which should be understudied by Nigerian engineers to be able to carry out the project in future.

“Though there is a huge improvement in the level of work carried out on Abeokuta axis where some bridges had been constructed including the one on Ogun,” he said.

Amaechi also urged the CCECC to employ more labour to expedite the project.

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