Leasing crisis threatens $1.6bn Lagos-Ibadan Standard guage rail in Apapa

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Story by Seun Ibiyemi

Despite successes recorded in the ongoing  construc- tion of the $1.6 billion Lagos-Ibadan rail project, findings have revealed that leasing issue, rent issue and others may slow down the work of the CCECC at the Apapa railway terminal in Lagos.

Disclosing this during the weekend inspection in Lagos, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said, “They are properties belonging to Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC). We have said they shouldn’t just do valuation but also identify ownership of properties. If we have leased them out and it was legal, we have no choice but to pay and if the lease has expired the person has no choice but to hand over our property to us.”

He disclosed that the 123km Lagos-Ibadan standard guage track, which laying gulped $1.6billion has finally been completed, as it touches Kila village, a settlement at the outskirts of Ibadan, Oyo State.”

Amaechi explained that the project has improved in terms of completion rate and should be in Ibadan Oyo State in a matter of weeks.

In his words, “We are already in Ibadan outskirts. The track laying is now in Kila, a town at the outskirts of Ibadan. In less than a month now, we should be in Ibadan.”

The Minister also disclosed that inspection of the Apapa port and it’s connection to the standard guage rail will commence on Saturday.

“We will be visiting the ports tomorrow to address some of the issues we have there. It’s imperative that the Apapa Ports must be connected to the standard guage rail,” the Minister assured.

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