The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has decried the slow pace of work at the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, urging the contractors to speed up.
The minister made this known on Tuesday when he visited the work site for the monthly inspection of the project.
“There is a slow pace of work in Lagos axis of the project,” he said.
“The expectations from the sub-contractor appointed for the relocation of pipes and all that were not met.
“The persons relocating the water pipelines are expected to finish by November 2 with different excuses that they discovered other utilities underground.
“The excuses are not obtainable. I have told them to speed up the work.”
The minister said about 10 train stations would be constructed from the Lagos axis to Ibadan to allow various communities have access to the train services.
The minister charged the China Civil Engineer Construction Company (CCECC), the contractor handling the project to employ Nigerian engineers in the construction works.
“I have instructed the contractor and the project consultant to have local engineers on site,” Amaechi said.
“The construction of beams which is ongoing is a strategic part of the project which should be understudied by Nigerian engineers to be able to carry out the project in future.
“Though there is a huge improvement in the level of work carried out on Abeokuta axis where some bridges had been constructed including the one on Ogun.
“Some of the stations won’t take more than one month to complete especially now that the rain is over, so we are still on target.
“We are progressing. But there is no way they can fast-track the project during the raining season, but 90 per cent of the construction works have been done.
“I have told them to work day and night, to ensure the project keeps moving as expected, especially on the bridges and construction of modern station at Ebuta-Meta Lagos.”