Work begins on Lagos-Ibadan N458bn standard gauge rail project
The Nigerian Railway Corporation has said that construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge new rail project will begin tomorrow, April 14, 2017.
Last Wednesday, Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation, advised those who had encroached on the NRC land to vacate for their own interest to avoid their properties being destroyed by bulldozers.
Okhiria promised that those that are due for compensation will be compensated because it is part of the contract, but warned that those who encroached on the land have to leave the premises as soon as possible because the constructions will begin on Friday.
According to him, “We intentionally did not give permits to so many people because we know that one day, the land will be required. So we have already mapped out those places we need to remove and they are aware. We have told them to remove their valuables before the bulldozers start work,’’ he said.
He called on indigenes of the various communities to cooperate with the construction workers in the course of their duties and advised the people to give adequate support to workers, whenever the work gets to their villages.
Okhiria advised the people to have positive minds towards the projects, adding that government was determined to improve rail services in the country to international standard.
The MD said the projects would bring lots of socio-economic development to communities and major town along the axis. He noted that the Nigeria Railway Corporation will deliver consistent services that will attract lots of commercial and social activities that will serve as employment to the teeming youths of the various communities.
The standard gauge is going to have two stations along the axis at in Omin Adio and Moniya in Ibadan. It will bring a lot of developments to the communities and improve the standard of living of people in the area.
(Edited by Olamide Michael)