The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday, 23 2019 has said the groundbreaking of the Transport University, Daura, would take place in September.
Amaechi disclosed this while inspecting Lagos-Ibadan rail line construction.
The minister said the ministry would also establish a factory in Kajola, Ogun State, to produce materials for the rail project.
“We have agreed with contractors handling the university and the rail line to have the groundbreaking between September and October for the two projects,” he said.
He added that the Federal Government was expecting contractors handling key road projects to hasten work to eliminate gridlocks, especially in Apapa area of Lagos.
He said the completion of the rail project would reduce gridlocks in Apapa and other parts of Lagos.
The minister said the factory, to be built at Kajola, would produce wagons and coaches and later locomotives, adding this would reduce import of the equipment from China.
On the slow pace of the rail project, the minister linked it to insufficient funds and the absence of a cabinet to approve the payment.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 157-kilometer Lagos-Ibadan rail project was awarded in 2017 to the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company at the cost of $1.6bn with a three-year completion agreement.
As at May, the laying of the rail track had covered 123 kilometers.