Lagos-Ibadan speed train ready for test-run on Feb 7 – NRC

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Managing Director Fidet Okhiria said recently that the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail tracks will be ready in February and test-run of the tracks would be on February 7, 2019.
Okhiria said at Ijoko in Ogun state during the routine inspection of the $1.7 billion project, that the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), has completed the laying of tracks from Kajola (Kilometre 41, and Abeokuta, Kilometre 79), while efforts to get the project to Iju in Lagos will be achieved by February 7.

He said: “The contractors have said their equipment could lay 1.5 kilometres per day. That means they could achieve the 10-kilometre distance between Kajola and Iju within seven days, and we can start the test-run of the tracks, latest by February 7.”

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Okhiria expressed satisfaction with the speed of the contractors, adding that with the civil works between Kajola and Iju completed, work would go on unhindered on the laying of tracks.

The NRC chief said the Federal Government had fully paid the compensations on all the property acquired for the project, adding that this facilitated the speedy pace of the project.

He said the transparency in the payment of the compensation engendered the prevailing peaceful atmosphere surrounding the execution of the project.

The managing director said none of the contractors’ workers had been molested since the project started in 2017.

* Picture shows the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Managing Director Fidet Okhiria


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