Standard gauge railway: Quality of work in accordance with specifications – Zakari

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By Seun Ibiyemi

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Sabiu Zakari has said that the quality of work on the two standard gauge railway line was exactly in accordance with the specification that was in the scope of the work.

He made this statement on Friday at Adumbu, Ogun state after inspection on the construction of Lagos to Ibadan standard gauge railway line.

Zakari, while expressing his satisfaction, he noted that the work is progressing as the contractors handling the project are on point.

Commenting on the challenges at the DK42 200 Arigbajo, Ifo local government where the gas pipelines passes through, The Permanent Secretary stated that remedial measures had been put in place.

He added that China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and the Consultant have identified and will address the problem.

According to Zakari, “That is part of the contingencies that are likely to come up when you do this kind of engineering works.

“So, as far as what is being done is concerned, it is within the parameters of what is provided.

“What is happening when you are doing an engineering work is that there are places to make savings and there are places to have additions.

“Generally, this type of provision that are made, one will take care of the other.”

Also, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Engr. Ibrahim Alhassan-Musa expressed satisfaction over the progression of work adding that identified challenges would be sorted out along the line.

According to him, “In some areas of work, we are really on point and in other places, there are challenges and you know we have to deliver with good quality.

“When we see that there are issues or new ideas come, we have to go back to the drawing board and include these new ideas in order to improve the services we are giving out to the people.

“So, this kind of thing take us back to the drawing board to rethink and redesign, then, other things will follow.

“However, we were here on July 11, this month and we are here again on July 26 to make sure progress is being made. If we leave it to them probably, they will do it at their own pace and that is why we needed to follow up with some senior officials.”

Furthermore, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidet Okhiria stated that the passenger train service from Iju to Ibadan will commence soon.

Meanwhile, CCECC has commenced laying of standard gauge railway tracks from Iju to Agege while some of the structures on the “right of way” between Agege and Ikeja have been demolished.

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