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Lagos-Ibadan rail: FG relocates Abeokuta train station

The Abeokuta train station, for the proposed Lagos/Abeokuta rail project, earlier scheduled to be located at the Trade Fair complex, Laderin, Abeokuta, is to be relocated to the Oba New City, Daily Trust can report.

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The new location is a six-kilometer distance from the state capital.

It was learnt that the decision to relocate followed a meeting and on-the-spot inspection visit to the project by the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, in company of the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

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They were also accompanied by representatives of the contractor, the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC).

Amaechi explained that the earlier chosen site was declared unsuitable by the engineers.

The new location, he said, incidentally falls within the proposed new city of the Ogun State Government.

It will enhance the new city development project as well as attract rapid development to the area, according to the Minister.

Daily Trust reports that there has been heated debate over the suitability of the initial location and siting the station in the place would have consumed about 2,000 houses with an estimated compensation of over N2billion.

Amosun, in his remarks, said the relocation was based on the advice of the engineers and the need to avoid inflicting pains on residents.

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