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Lagos-Ibadan rail: FG orders importation of 30 coaches, 300

The Federal Government has placed orders for the importation of 30 coaches and 300 wagons to be deployed on the Lagos-Ibadan railway when the project is completed.

According to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the coaches and wagons will boost the movement of passengers and goods from Lagos to other locations in the South-West.

“We are expecting 30 passenger coaches and 300 wagons,” Amaechi revealed while speaking at a recent assessment of the ongoing work being done on the rail project by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company.

In his contribution to the discussion, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, said the NRC was also expecting two sets of Diesel Multiple Units, comprising 10 coaches each.

This came as a renowned economist and Chief Executive of Financial Derivatives Company, Bismarck Rewane, stated that the Lagos-Ibadan rail project would reduce inflationary pressures when completed.

Amaechi had directed officials of the CCECC to speed up work on the Iju-Agbado section of the project and get it ready for test-run in two weeks