The Nigerian Railway Corporation said it would suspend the daily operations of narrow gauge from Ijoko in Ogun State, to Ebute Meta-Apapa, Lagos State, as from Monday, to fast track completion of the new standard gauge within the deadline set by the Federal Government.
TheNews Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, had announced November 2019 as deadline for completion of the project and commencement of Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge rail service.
Mr Jerry Oche, NRC Lagos District Manager, told NAN on Friday that commercial activities on narrow gauge line would be shut down to expedite work on the standard gauge so as to meet the November deadline.
“We are shutting down our daily operations from Ijoko, Agbado, Agege Ikeja up to Ebute Metta and Apapa from Monday September 30 to November 16.
“The development is going to last for six weeks to give room for contractor handling the Lagos-Ibadan Standard gauge to meet up with the deadline scheduled for delivery.
NAN reports that Amaechi had, while inspecting the project in company of his deputy, Ms Gbemi Saraki, on Monday said that Federal Government planned to begin free ride on Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail line by November.