$1.6bn Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge:


Passengers during weekend laud federal government over the concession of the $1.6billion Lagos-Ibadan standard guage railway to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

This is coming as the Chinese company shows the capability of railway technology.

Speaking to newsmen on Saturday, Akintunde Benjamin said that CCECC as proven to Nigerians what they are capable of during in terms of railway technology.

Benjamin who enjoyed the free train ride from Lagos to Ibadan said, “I commend the CCECC for delivering this project.

“They have proven to the federal government with this standard gauge their capabilities. We left Iju around 10:30am and will spend less than two hours to Ibadan.

“I will rather board railway because of the time and in terms of safety is better,” he said.

Another passenger, Opeyemi Adeyemi said that the federal government has done well by approving this project to Chinese.

Opeyemi said “I have been a partaker of this free train ride by federal government more than three times. In terms of safety, it has proven to be the best with zero accident.

“The Chinese have proven themselves in terms of rail technology by everything automatic. We only pray that this project is completed early so that we can move from Ebute meta to Ibadan.”

He added that, “I prefer taking train from Lagos to Ibadan because of it safety and is faster. No traffic like that of Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

However, the Public Relations Consultant of CCECC, Prince Abdulraouf Akinwoye said the company would not fail in its promise to deliver the project to Nigerians.

According to him, “when it comes to railway technology, China is leading the world and poised about giving Nigerians a modernised railway technology.

He said the track laying and stations had advanced appreciably.

According to Akinwoye, when it comes to railway technology, China is leading the world and poised about giving Nigerians a modernised railway technology.

Project manager, Lijun said many Nigerians had been benefiting from the free train ride on the completed section of the corridor from Iju, in Lagos and Moniya in Ibadan.

Recall that the federal government on  announced the commencement of free train rides on the over $1.6billion new Lagos-Ibadan railway service.

It said the free rides would last for four months and urged commuters to use the train service during the festive season.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who announced this via his official Twitter handle, noted that the standard gauge rail line was ready for use.

According to him, the free train ride would commence on November 30, 2019, till the end of the first quarter of 2020.