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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi stated on Monday that the laying of tracks for the Lagos/ Ibadan standard gauge rail line would begin in December.  He also added that the bridges in Jibowu and Costain would be destroyed to give way to the new railway lines. This, he stated according to Punch Newspaper, while he was meeting with the Steering committee of the project and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company in Lagos, he was, however, quick to add that the bridges would be rebuilt immediately as the federal government would in no way abandon them. He added that Lagos, Abeokuta and Ibadan the major cities would be challenging as the government would have to pay compensation for a  lot of things, like water pipes, gas pipes, houses and cables, especially in Lagos that would involve dealing with bridges, electric cables, water pipes and other assets. Amaechi indicated that the Lagos State Water collaboration and Nigeria Petroleum Company are collaborating with China Civil Engineering Construction Company to aid with the relocation of water and gas pipelines that are parallel to the railway tracks. While inspecting the work done, he asked for a speedy work to be done by CCECC to meet up with the deadlines and requested for adequate security to be provided by the security agencies. It is indeed a noteworthy task since infrastructure can be likened to the backbone of economic capacity, it, however,  also impacts directly on human development, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and  the development of infrastructure should be a fundamental concern of both governments and citizens as it directly impact people’s lives

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This article was first published on 7th November 2017


Adepeju Adenuga is a writer (considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense). She holds a Masters Degree in Literature in English from the University of Lagos.

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