The Lagos State Government has agreed with the Federal Government to commence the pulling down of two bridges in the state, located at Jibowu and Costain, as part of efforts to address challenges facing the ongoing construction of a new Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.This disclosure was made by the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday, who added that the worst challenges of the new rail project were located in Lagos State.
In November, Amaechi had announced the intention of the contractor, the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, to demolish the two bridges to give way to the new rail line.
Although the minister said new bridges would be immediately constructed, the Lagos State Government had then suggested digging further into the ground to accommodate the new rail track to be laid under the bridges.
However, the minister, who met with the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said: “Yesterday (Monday), I was on a tour with the governor of Lagos State and we have agreed that the two bridges will come down.”
Amaechi further stated that the Federal Government had told the contractor to complete the rail project by December 2018 as against the March 31, 2019 initial completion date.
The minister disclosed these while inspecting the railway project from Lagos to Ogun states after a meeting of the Project Steering Committee.
He said, “We have a target date but there is no way you can do construction without challenges in different forms and you have to address them. The challenges are not even here (at the Ogun end of the project).
“The challenges are worse in Lagos. We are dealing with water, drainage, gas, power and the military. Here we are dealing with just gas and maybe a few power transmission lines and we can manage that.”