The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has given reasons as to why the inauguration of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project which was supposed to be in the first week of January 2021, has been shifted and that’s because 60 staffs of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project tested positive for the COVID-19.
The Minister who noted that Nigerians need to know of the sacrifice, been put in by average Nigerians so as to make sure the Rails starts to work again in the country. He did also note that till date there’s been no lives lost and prays that it will remain so. But due to the upsurge in COVID-19 cases, it was imperative to reschedule the proposed January 2021 inauguration date for the Lagos-Ibadan railway facility.
“First let us admit that over 60 of our staff, not Ministry of Transportation staff, but the staff working on the rail project, have been infected by COVID-19.
“Luckily nobody has died and I pray nobody will die, but you see the kind of sacrifice everybody is making to get the rail to function.
“There are people sacrificing their lives to get to that point. We are of the view when we made that decision that Nigerians will not say 2020 was a bad year.
“As far as we are concerned, we need to learn how to live with COVID-19 and I really want to congratulate those who achieved that feat.”
He further said the inauguration of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project would be dependent on when there is a reduction of new cases in the country.
“We were to inaugurate (the railway project) in the first week of January. We had to stop those doing minor completion work because of the rise in COVID-19 transmission.
“The timeline for inauguration will depend on COVID. If COVID stops today or reduces we will inaugurate the project.”
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