The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says the federal government of Nigeria has paid compensation to all residents affected by the ongoing new Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge lines.
Amaechi disclosed this on Tuesday at Papalanto in Ogun State, during his monthly visit and oversight functions to the constructions sites of the project.
According to him, “We refuse to go by train today basically to see the right of way. There is only a place after Ijoko where we have issue with the right of way.
“We have finished negotiations with them and they have finished the compensations to the affected residents.
“The contractors will start work from the axis and the construction continues,” he said.
Speaking further, the minister said the only challenge confronting the contractor, the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), now was the Ogun River.
“We still have problems with gas and cables. As for the barracks, the Army has given us the barracks where it was affected and work will start at Ebute Metta very soon as a result of the development.
“As for the Ogun River, we are consulting the state government to assist us in the course so as to fast track the project in that axis.
“We have started battling with time schedule due to these utilities but l’m sure the projects will be delivered in due time,” he added.
According to him, the government was monitoring the contractor to fast-tract the project completion for the benefit of the people by the end of the year.