The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has just revealed that the coronavirus outbreak could delay the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project which is ongoing.
The minister explained the delay might not be related to the fact that most of the workforce dealing with the project are stuck in China.
According to him, the Chinese government have prevented some workers from returning to Nigeria because of the virus.
Ameachi disclosed this during a morning program monitored on television by our correspondent on Thursday.
He said: “If it weren’t for the coronavirus, I would say that we are almost finished with the Lagos-Ibadan rail line.
“Most of the workforce is still in China. The Chinese government did not allow them to return and this delayed work in Lagos and Ibadan. ”
The minister further explained that the government was still testing the tracks.
He also noted that the government would deploy 10 coaches each on the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kaduna rail lines to facilitate the movement of passengers.
“We are still testing the tracks. Commercial activities are yet to start completely.
“To test the tracks, we brought in two coaches, each of whom carries about 25 passengers. So the two coaches take about 50 passengers.
“We received signals from passengers and engineers that the tracks are ready to run, but we need to complete the communication, signaling and construction of stations. That done, we are ready to go.
“We are bringing 20 new wagons and four new locomotives, 10 wagons will be sent to Abuja-Kaduna and the other 10 to Lagos-Ibadan.”