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Costain, Jibowu bridges to give way for standard gauge rail line—Minister

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The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi has hinted that Jibowu and Costain bridges in Lagos would be demolished to give way for the laying of rail tracks of Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line from in December.

Explaining the need during his meeting with the Steering Committee of the project and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) in Lagos this week, Amaechi noted that “the two bridges that we may likely demolish are Jibowu and Costain to give way to the rail lines.

“But we are rebuilding them immediately; we are not going to abandon them.

“The challenges will be in the cities like Lagos, Abekouta and Ibadan because we have to pay compensation, look at the water pipes, gas pipes, houses and cables.

“In Lagos especially, we deal with bridges, electric cables and water pipes and other assets.”

According to him, government and CCECC were consulting with Lagos State Water Corporation, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC), among others, to facilitate relocation of water and gas pipe lines that were parallel to railway line.

The minister also revealed that whereas that parts of the rail lines that would be used for the project are expected in the country by end of November, CCECC would start laying tracks by December in Lagos.

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