The contractor handling the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, has complained of the breakdown of some of its machines.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this to journalists on Monday, adding that the contractor claimed that this was due to the pressures from the government for completion of the project earlier than scheduled.
The minister said, “We discussed about the machines and they (contractors) have no excuse. Their excuse was that the machines have broken down and are in the workshop.
“They said based on the pressure of speed, the machines are being affected and that if we reduce this pressure, the machines will take their time to work during the three-year term of the contract.
“But because we are pushing for it to be completed within one year plus, the machines are put on extra jobs and are breaking down, which is why they (machines) are at the workshop.”
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On whether the government was rushing the project because of the just concluded elections, Amaechi replied, “The rush wasn’t all about APC. I’ve always known that we will win.”
He explained that the government wanted to clear the congestion at the Lagos seaport and that the rail project would help achieve this.
Source: By Okechukwu Nnodim