The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has revealed that the new Lagos-Ibadan rail line would be fully ready for formal inauguration and commence full operation in June.
Amaechi made this disclosure on Monday, May 24, in Ibadan, Oyo State, after a train ride from Lagos on an inspection of the line; also ordered the arrest of buyers of vandalised rail track facilities and other equipment.
According to him, about 90 per cent of the project being handled by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) was ready; adding that the remaining work should be completed in two-three weeks.
He said he would need to obtain the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to give the actual date of the inauguration of the line; currently on skeletal service/trial run.
“I hope the office of the President will approve the commissioning of this project in June. We will communicate the actual date in the next one or two weeks; but certainly, I think it is in June.
“We are not 100 per cent ready for commissioning but we are 89 to 90 per cent ready for commissioning; and we are hoping that by the next three weeks, we will be ready. And by then, they will give us a date from the office of the president.
One thing is that by the time they give us a date; we will be ready for commissioning,” Amaechi said.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented the Friday crash; that led to the loss of the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other military personnel.
According to the President, the incident has compounded the nation’s woes.
Buhari stated this on Monday, May 24, while receiving a delegation from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at the State House who came to condole with him on the fatal air crash in Kaduna State.
President Buhari told the delegation that he is hoping that God would provide the enablement for the nation to deal with challenges.
“To lose choice officers has increased our problem but we know what we are in for; and we will continue to work hard and pray hard; so that God will give us the power to appreciate and apply ourselves to the problem,” President Buhari said.