The ongoing Lagos-Ibadan rail may not be completed by December this year as earlier scheduled.

But it could be completed latest January 2019.

The delay may be attributed to several challenges of obstruction caused by water, gas and sewage pipes.

This is coming from the Rotimi Amaechi, who is the Minister of Transportation. He said this after the monthly meeting of the Lagos-Ibadan Rail line Project Steering Committee at the Ibadan Railway Yard on Wednesday.

Amaechi was quoted in a statement issued in Abuja by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Yetunde Sonaike, as saying, “We hope this project will be completed within the life span of construction. Nigerians are putting us under immense pressure.

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“This contract is for three years and we are doing it within one year and two months. Our target is December 2018, but at most in January 2019, Nigerians will start to enjoy the dividends of democracy.”

He stated that based on the present challenges being experienced on the project, a committee was set up chaired by the Board Chairman of the NRC, Usman Abubakar, with representatives from the Nigerian Army, NRC, Lagos State Government, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and CCECC as members.

Amaechi added that the committee would ensure that all the challenges were resolved, noting that the stakeholders knew that December 2018 was the deadline for the completion of the project.

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