Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that with the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to re-design the Lagos-Calabar rail Corridor, the rail would now cover the Lekki Deep Seaport which hitherto was not factored into the rail network.
Amaechi gave the hint at the launch of the Ogun State Strategic Transport Master Plan and Flag-Off of Gateway Bus Pilot Scheme at the Ogun State Government House Abeokuta, Thursday.
Stakeholders in the maritime sector had raised alarm that if this is not done, the traffic congestion witnessed in Apapa port would be replicated at the Lekki Port.
Amechi however assured that there are hopes that construction works would commence soon on the entire project.
Amaechi said the project when started would pass through Ogun State and proceed to the South- South region.
According to Amaechi, the project will now commence from Lagos through Apapa, to Epe, and to the Lekki deep seaport in other to ease the logjam been witnessed in Apapa.
While also identifying the importance of transportation to mankind, the minister said, “One thing about transportation is the intermodality. matter what you do about railway, it must end at a terminal point. When you come down from that terminal you must move either by leg or by car. Not only have we done the Lagos-Ibadan railway, we’ll soon commence the construction of the Lagos-Calabar railway and it will pass through Ogun State, as it goes to the South South.
“The President has approved that we should re-direct the initial design of the railway from Lagos through Apapa, to Epe and to the Lekki deep seaport in other to ease the logjam that we are having in Apapa but the debate about it is that the Lagos-Calabar should no longer go to Lagos through Apapa, it should go to Lagos through Epe and to the Lekki deep seaport.
“So, we have instructed the contractor, CCECC to do a fresh design that takes it from Ore, and from there to Lekki deep seaport”, he said.
Amaechi also advised the people to support President Muhammadu Buhari whom despite criticism of borrowing money to construct the railway, approved that the rail corridor be re-designed for the overall benefit of the masses.
He also acknowledged former President Olusegun Obasanjo for his initiative on the country’s rail masterplan been implemented by the present administration and hopes that incoming government would continue with the people-oriented project.