FG puts completion work, opening on hold
The Federal Government has put on hold opening of the Lagos-Ibadan railway, after about 60 workers of the construction company that handled the project tested positive for coronavirus.
To ensure the contractors meet the January target for the opening of the project, which is about 90 per cent completed, government had asked the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) to increase the number of workers and ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
Minister for Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, who disclosed this during a television interview, yesterday, in Abuja said: “First, let us admit that over 60 of our staff, not ministry of transport staff, but the staff working on the rail project, have been infected with COVID. Luckily, nobody has died and I pray nobody will die, but you can see the kind of sacrifice everybody is making to get the rail to function.”
The minister threatened to stop train services on all routes if passengers refuse to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
“We will allow the train to run, but if we see that we are conveying passengers who have COVID from Lagos to Ibadan, we will stop it, just as we are threatening to stop services on Kaduna-Abuja route if people don’t comply with the COVID-19 protocol.”
According to Amaechi, the Abuja-Kaduna route conveys about 4,000 passengers daily, if anyone transmits COVID on board, it will be a serious challenge.