A human right activist, Deji Adeyanju has criticized the Federal Government over the suspension Lagos-Abeokuta free train ride during elections after the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, confirmed the development.
Adeyanju, who took to his Twitter page wrote: Chinese no longer need re-election. Nigerians haven’t seen anything yet.”
During the monthly rail inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan modernisation project in Ibadan on Friday Amaechi, who apologized to Nigerians said the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), in charge of the construction of the train station in Iju-Abeokuta suspended the free ride for security reasons.
While confirming that the second line is almost completed from Iju to Abeokuta, he said they will go back to the site soon.
“They said because of the elections most of them left the country and they are just returning and they will increase the speed as they have resumed. It is company procedure for them to leave.
“You have seen that they have nearly completed the second line from Iju to Abeokuta and after that, I will insist that they resume because we promised Nigerians. I want to apologize to Nigerians that they had to stop when they left the country because of elections,” he explained.
While giving an update on the Lagos-Ibadan railway project, he stated that the government is pushing for the civil works to be completed before the rains, adding that the CCECC has promised to increase the pace of work.
Amaechi, who also said he has been tasked by president Muhammadu Buhari to create jobs through the project pointed that such responsibility must be delivered.
The minister who noted that Nigeria’s economy can be driven linking the seaport to the hinterland added that the more goods are moved, services are rendered in the hinterland.
Amaechi, however, disclosed, that unforeseen challenges which have been encountered in the course of the construction have changed the initial figures for the project, adding that they will go back to cabinet to seek for approval.