The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will flag off the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge railway on Wednesday.
As a prelude to that, the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was in Lagos on last Friday to test- run the standard gauge rail from Agbado in Lagos State to Abeokuta in Ogun State to herald the event.
According to a statement by the head of Media Department in the Ministry of Transportation, Muhammad Idris, Amaechi rode in a train from Agbado to Abeokuta in the company of some senior Directors of his Ministry and Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) as well as journalists.
The Minister disclosed that he had directed the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), to deploy two more Coaches from Itakpe–Warri Rail line to add to the Lagos-Ibadan Rail line stock to make it four.
He explained that after the flag off, the Lagos-Ibadan Railway would commence a test run of free passengers ride for two months.
However, Amaechi stated that the flag off of the first phase for passenger’s use would not stop continuous work from Iju to Apapa Seaport in Lagos and Abeokuta to Ibadan segments of the project.
The Minister, the statement further hinted, stated that, the Vice President would be in Lagos to flag off the first phase of the project from Agbado to Abeokuta for passengers’ use in what he described as ‘reducing passengers time from one hour to 45 minutes’ from Lagos to Abeokuta.
Amaechi also said that he was very impressed with the level of progress of work on the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project as passengers would now travel from Lagos to Abeokuta in less than one hour.
Credit: New Telegraph