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Lagos-Abeokuta rail ready in 10 days – FG

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi
Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, says the Lagos-Abeokuta axis of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail will be completed in 10 days’ time.

He disclosed this yesterday during the routine inspection of the project as the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi was absent.

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Addressing newsmen after the inspection, Okhiria  said: “The formation is ready, where they are supposed to put the sea coach, they put the sea coach, where they are supposed to put stone dust, they put stone dust and after the track, they will put the ballast.

“Before the 4th or 6th of February, we move from Iju to Abeokuta”.

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However, at Kajola where train can drive to Abeokuta, the MD said he was impressed, appealing to Nigerians to protect the trains after completion of the railway.

“If you don’t maintain it, the period that it will last will deteriorate. There is a percentage of balance that we must replenish every year. Not less than five percent every year. You must clean so that you will remove the dust and rebalance”.

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