As far the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi is concerned, the level of work on the Lagos-Ibadan rail project remains unsatisfactory.

But that doesn’t mean he does not appreciate the efforts of the Chinese company undertaking the project as he also acknowledged that the slow pace of work has been due to the rains.

He also added that the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, the contractor handling the project, had assured him that work would speed up once the rains abated.

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Amaechi disclosed this on Monday after the monthly inspection of the project by his team, adding that the rains had continually obstructed the pace of the work on the new rail line.

When asked if he was satisfied with the pace of work on the project, the minister replied, “No, I am not satisfied. But they have a reason. The problem is the rain. The work is progressing.

“You will agree with us that we are progressing. The problem is the rain. There is no way they would have gone extra with the rains.

“At the meeting, they agreed that now that the rains are stopping, there will be improvement. Their fear, however, is that in the next one or two weeks, the rains may come but immediately after that, the work will pick up faster.

“One and a half years is the original time for the construction of the stations, but we have insisted that they will finish it before December.”

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