The journey to final Saturday’s historic occasion is coming greater than two years after the ground breaking ceremony carried out by the vp on March 17, 2017 carry out the ground breaking to mark the development of the Lagos-Ibadan commonplace gauge railway line which is the second phase of the Lagos-Kano commonplace gauge railway system with an extension to the Lagos port advanced, Apapa.
The historic occasion which took-off by 11:00 am on the Ebute-Metta railway terminal, Lagos was attended by vital dignitaries slicing throughout the spectrum of the society together with sate governors, captains of business and stakeholders within the transportation sector with the minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi because the chief host.
In his deal with, vp Yemi Osinbajo mentioned the plant which is a personal funding to be undertaken by Messers CCECC, is central within the manufacturing of rolling inventory wanted for the railway modernization program being applied by this administration.
Whereas describing the ground breaking ceremony as not simply one other occasion, he mentioned it’s a historic turning level.
In line with him, ”For us, the railway isn’t solely an alternate and comfy mode of journey, it holds the grasp key to remodeling commerce in Nigeria and throughout the continent. By linking our ports to rail strains and now, constructing the rolling inventory regionally, import and export enterprise inside, into and out of Africas largest market won’t ever be the identical”.
When accomplished, it’s anticipated that the plant would produce some components of the wagons for the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kaduna rail strains, but in addition for the central rail strains and to fulfill the wants of different rail operators throughout the West-African sub-area.
”I’ve a message additionally from the President and that is to CCECC which is that we count on that you simply transfer on in a short time to the following part of this mission which is assembly and development of coaches and locomotives. This for us might be a big breakthrough and we stay up for listening to from you as rapidly as potential when this can come into operation”.
The plant is predicted to supply an vital platform for engineers, technicians, artisans and different professionals to achieve the specialised expertise required for the manufacturing and upkeep of rolling inventory.
It will invariably produce spin-off companies within the area of operation and throughout the nation wherever rail networks are in existence. The plant is predicted to generate about 5,000 direct and oblique jobs.
After finishing the Abuja-Kaduna Railway mission in July 2016, this administration commenced development works on the Lagos-Ibadan Railway modernization mission in March 2017, following which, we initiated the rehabilitation and completion of the deserted Itakpe- Ajaokuta-Warri rail line which was began over three a long time in the past.
Final month, the federal authorities signed an settlement with China Railway Development Firm Worldwide to assemble the Itakpe Ajaokuta rail line which might be prolonged from Itakpe to Abuja
via Baro Inland Water Port in Niger State with a department line to Lokoja in Kogi State. This rail line will hyperlink into the brand new Warri seaport being constructed below the settlement.
The vp mentioned that the federal government optimizing the Lagos-Ibadan rail modernization mission by extending it to the Apapa Port, the nations busiest port for the environment friendly motion of cargo from the port to varied locations.
It will expedite import/export flows, decongest the ports, and depressurize our roads within the course of. Additionally, we’re placing all mechanisms in place to attain the swift completion of the Ibadan Inland Dry Port which can off-take containers and cargoes from Apapa port via the Lagos-Ibadan rail line.
He expressed appreciation to the assist proven by the management of the host communities and different related federal and state authorities stakeholders within the implementation of Federal initiatives.
”It’s crucial that our host communities proceed to assist authorities efforts by successfully cooperating with the contractors in safeguarding and defending these lasting investments in order that we will make sure that all meant targets and mutual advantages are attained”. Osinbajo mentioned.
He additionally recommended the Minister of Transportation; Rotimi Amaechi or Chibuike Amaechi for the very arduous work and dedication he has demonstrated from the inception of our rail modernization mission. And in addition to the Chinese language authorities, significantly the investor, CCECC Nigeria Restricted for the numerous and strategic funding.