FG Will Complete The Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project By December – Amaechi Speaks
FG Will Complete The Lagos-Ibadan , disclosed this during a live transportation programme that also had the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in attendance virtually, said he would work with Fashola and the Lagos State Government to move heavy duty trucks away from roads.
During the programme, which was monitored by our correspondent in Abuja, Fashola, while responding to a question, insisted that Nigerian roads would not last without the construction and usage of functional rail lines.
“I AM HIS BIGGEST CHAMPION WHEN HE (AMAECHI) IS PRESENTING HIS REQUEST IN THE CABINET FOR THE RAILS BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WITHOUT THE RAIL THE ROADS WILL NOT LAST,” FASHOLA SAID.
HE ADDED, “THE TANKERS ARE PLYING EXCESS CARGO; THEY ARE MOVING 60,000 TONNES INSTEAD OF 33,000, 40,000 OR 45,000 TONNES MAXIMUM. SO, THE BEST WAY IS TO MOVE ALL THAT CARGO INTO THE TRACKS.
“THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS IN COUNTRIES WE WANT TO BE LIKE AND THAT IS WHERE WE ARE HEADING. SO, HE (AMAECHI) HAS MY SUPPORT.
Amaechi said the transfer of cargoes to rail would start majorly with the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, adding that the line should be completed this December or early January next year.
He went ahead by saying …..
“I INTEND TO APPROACH HIM (FASHOLA) IN JANUARY AND APPROACH THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR SO THAT WE CAN SEE HOW WE CAN DEAL WITH APAPA. WHY I SAID THAT IS BECAUSE BY DECEMBER TO FIRST OR SECOND WEEK IN JANUARY, WE SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED THE LAGOS-IBADAN.
“THEN IF WE DO, THERE WILL BE A NEED TO DECIDE WHAT VEHICLES CAN GO TO LAGOS AND THE CAPACITY OF SUCH VEHICLES OR TRUCKS.”
AMAECHI ADDED, “IF WE DO THAT, WE CAN THEN TRANSFER ALL THE CARGOES THAT COME FROM APAPA SEAPORT TO THE RAILWAY. WE BELIEVE WE COULD TRANSFER THAT UP TILL IBADAN WHILE WE ARE STILL CONSTRUCTING THE RAIL LINE FROM IBADAN TO KANO.”