￼The Ibadan-Kano rail line project will be ready by 2023, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has announced.
On the delay in completing the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, Amaechi said it was not the fault of the contractors but the urban terrain of Lagos.
“The next thing is, if we try to dig out the pipes, the power supply will stop in Lagos and there will be no fuel literally for the entire country apart from those from Port Harcourt.
“So, we brought another company that was not part of the contract.
“We have to put enough engineering to protect those pipe and oil that they carry so that we don’t have an explosion,” he said.
The minister also said the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, had directed a Russian firm to partner with Nigeria to construct the Lagos-Calabar rail line.
He said the government was waiting for feedback from a Russian firm for the construction of the Lagos-Calabar rail line.
Amaechi, however, expressed the hope optimism that the bill of quantity that the Russian firm would submit would be cheaper than what the Chinese had proposed.
PerSecondnews recalls that the governments of Russia and Nigeria had reached an agreement for the construction of the Lagos-Calabar rail line during Buhari’s visit to Russia in October 2019.