Nigeria’s Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi on Monday has tendered apologies for the breakdown of Abuja-Kaduna train locomotive which happened between November 18 and November 20
He made the appeal to Nigerians during a routine inspection of the ongoing rail projects at Moniya train station, Ibadan.
While tendering his apologies to Nigerians, he explained that such mechanical fault was not expected to happen at such early period; there’s now new locomotive and the Chinese have been duly informed.
He made the apology on behalf of the Federal Government and the Nigerian Railway Commission (NRC) and the latter have been instructed to fix it or invite the chinese.
The Minister then called on the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), to speed up their work saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has stopped been an excuse. He commended the CCECC, yet charge them to work faster as the ministry wants to deliver the project on schedule.
Mrs Madeline Ajani, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, insists that the date of commissioning will not be postponed but they would rather mount more pressure on CCECC to hasten up.
She explicated that the need for a railway connection between Lagos and Ibadan and the journey between the two cities won’t be more than one and half hour.
Train operation between Lagos and Ibadan is expected to commence on December 7.