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Minister of transportation seek approval to rehabilitate PH to Maiduguri railway.

The Ministry of Transportation will partner and encourage the initiatives of the Transport and Logistics Institute to educate Nigerians more on the sector.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this in a statement by Mr Gift Okpara, his Media Aide on Sunday in Abuja.

Amaechi disclosed this while laying the foundation for the transport institute at the Gregory University, Uturu (GUU) in Abia State.

He said: “As Minister of Transportation, I am willing to partner and encourage the University in its initiative to educate Nigerians in the Transportation and Logistics field.

“Taking advantage of the Federal Government’s development strides in Transportation particularly the rail and maritime sectors.

“We’ll see how we’ll partner with the university in the Ministry of Transportation, especially when we start the construction of the Bonny-Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line.

“We are very particular about localising Railway technology, that’s why we are training our people in China and even made them to build a Transportation university and a wagon Assembly plant here in Nigeria.”

While making the commencement speech at the University’s 8th matriculation ceremony, Amaechi encouraged the students to be diligent and be courageous to ensure that they succeeded.

Chancellor and founder of GUU, Prof. Gregory Ibe, said he was inspired by Amaechi’s developmental strides in the transportation ministry.

Ibe said the school was enthusiastic to tap into that sector and aid the growth and training of Nigerians to become professionals in Transportation engineering and technology.

He said: “What we are doing here is to input technology, change methodology and then we are succeeding.

“And one of the things that we must succeed in line with your agenda in the ministry is to have this institute here, so that we can now train everybody.

“This university has a printing press, a paint factory, a sew factory, everything is produced here, we do fibre glasses here.

“Everything we do here, we do it because technology is done by human beings and I don’t see any reason why our Nigerian boys and girls who are well gifted cannot be trained in what we are doing.

“Any skill we get into, we perfect it, and in transport, to support the ministry, we are now creating something that you’ve come here to lay the foundation,” Ibe said.

In his remark the Deputy Governor of Abia, Ude Chukwu, sought the Ministry of Transportation’s assistance in ensuring that the planned inland dry ports for the State was achieved.

He pledged the State government’s willingness to support the Federal Government in any project it undertake in the state.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

NobleReporters heard that the Institute upon completion will offer specialised transportation courses.

It is expected to provide specialised laboratories for Maritime and Oceanography, Aviation/Aeronautic, Designing and Construction Suites, Aerospace Engineering, Central Machining tools centre, Railway Engineering and simulation rooms.


No driver should park their fleets on the road – Fashola ..

Fashola gave the order on Monday in Lambata, Gurara Local Government Area of Niger state, while on a 2-day inspection tour of Highway projects in the state.

The minister pointed out that the vehicles, apart from impeding the works of the contractors to meet deadline, were also causing a lot of damage to the newly constructed roads.

“The oil emitting from the trucks is causing damage to the roads as oil and the binding agents on the road don’t go together.

“What is required is sensitisation of the public on the consequences of these actions; I believe no truck driver or fleet owner will deliberately destroy the roads, since a good road will also contribute to their prosperity.

“Therefore, it is the responsibility of all stakeholders, especially the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), to create proper parking areas for their fleets,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mr Felix Ume, Federal Controller of Works, Niger state, gave an update on the status of the roads and work done.

Ume decried the indiscriminate way truck drivers park on both sides of the road and spill oil on the road.

Mr Yusuf Waili, Chairman of Gurara Local Government, assured the minister that the local council had made packing spaces available for the articulated vehicles to relocate immediately.

NobleReporters learnt that the minister is expected to inspect five road projects in the state.

The projects include the dualisation of Suleja-Minna Road, Phase I and II, Reconstruction of Bida Lapai-Lambata road and Agaie-Katcha Barrow road.

Other are the dualisation of Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani Junction road in Kwara and Niger state.

The minister has so far inspected the Suleja-Minna, Bida-Lampai-Lambata, and Agaie – Barro roads.


I am not happy! – Rotimi Amaechi

... Lagos-ibadan rail line project


The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says he is unhappy with the pace of work by the contractors handling the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project.

Amaechi said this on Friday in a series of tweets on his official handle after inspecting the Apapa port axis of the rail line.

This is the second time the Minister will visit the site of the rail line construction site within one week. He insisted that the contractors must meet set targets.

Amaechi was accompanied on the inspection by contractors handling the project – the chairman of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) group and the Managing Director, CCECC Nigeria.

Speaking further on the issue of meeting the deadline, Amaechi acknowledged that some progress had been made since the last time he visited.

He later disclosed in another Tweet that the contractors have assured that rail line up to Apapa would be completed by April while minor stations will be completed in June.

He added that he was informed that major stations will be completed in August.


Bulldozers destroys structures in rivers over proposed flyover bridge

In continuation of the process for the construction of the three Flyovers in Port Harcourt, officials of Julius Berger Plc and Rivers State Ministry of Works embarked on the demolition of marked structures to create right of way for the Rebisi Flyover.

The officials, backed by earth moving equipment carefully brought down the structures. Governor Nyesom Wike last week met with traders and residents to sensitise them on the necessity of the exercise.

The construction work continued as the bulldozers brought down the structures that the Rivers State Government has paid compensation for.

In an interview, Julius Berger Port Harcourt Flyover Bridges Project Manager, Finn Drosdowski expressed happiness that the demolition exercise was peaceful.

“We are happy with the peaceful demolition of marked structures to create space for the construction of Rebisi Flyover.

“We thank officials of the Ministry of Works for their support and we know we will achieve our target. We have been working for two months and we have done 12 to 14 percent of the work. At the beginning it is a little slow, but we are on track,” he said.

The Julius Berger official said that the projects will be delivered on schedule.

He said: “I appeal to the people to cooperate with us. For every project, the people suffer at the beginning, but they will enjoy the project at the end

“The three locations where we are constructing Flyover Bridges are places with traffic congestion. After the construction, the issue of traffic congestion would be resolved. I am confident that we will finish the projects on schedule.”


Too much Delay In Completion Of East-West Road – Ex Militant leader writes to Buhari

Former leaders of militants groups in the Niger Delta have written to President Muhammadu Buhari over the need for the completion of the East-West road project and an increase in the funding of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in order to secure lives, encourage security and increase capacity of youths in the region.

The ex-militant leaders also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the successful completion of the Ogoni clean-up and compel oil multinationals to engage youths from the region in gainful employment to sustain the ongoing peace in the area.


I am not corrupt, I maintain my integrity – Buhari said

National President of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, Pastor Reuben Wilson also known as General Pastor, called for spirited efforts by all stakeholders to further drive development initiatives in the Niger Delta region.

He said, “We are appealing to President Buhari to help complete the East-West Road which has become a death trap, causing loss of lives and damage to vehicles.

“We also call on him to look into the Ogoni clean-up to ensure the project is successfully completed.

“He should compel oil companies working in the region to engage youths in the region to avoid restiveness instead of importing workers from outside.”


Lagos-ibadan: Gridlock to continues as Berger/Kara Bridge set to resume Jan. 6

Motorists and other users of the Berger/Kara Bridge section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway may have to brace for another round of gridlock as reconstruction work will resume by Monday, January 6, in the area, NobleReporters learnt

The barricade on that section of the road was on Sunday, December 1 removed to enable motorists to move freely during the festive period.

The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, told our correspondent on Thursday that workers were expected to return to the site by January 6 and speedily complete the remaining part of the section.

Before the road was opened in early December, vehicles, both inbound and outbound Lagos, were diverted to the outbound lane up to Isheri Junction, before redistributing to the normal lanes and was a major challenge to motorists due to gridlock.

The gridlock on the busy corridor, especially whenever there was an accident or a breakdown of articulated vehicle forced many commuters to drive against traffic, further compounding the problem.

He stated that work had been completed on the inbound Lagos section, adding that during the break, palliative construction work continued on the outbound part of the road.

Kuti said, “When we return to site, work is expected to be faster at the Kara Bridge end because we are fully in the dry season unlike the other time when the work started.

“Everything will be faster and we will likely have speedy completion on most parts of the road.”

He stated the work would be completed by mid-February.

“Now that we are in the dry season, all hands must be on deck so we can spend less time and finish before the rains begin,” he said.

Julius Berger, the contractor handling the section 1 of the road from Old Toll Gate to the Sagamu Interchange, had diverted both the inbound and the outbound traffic to one side of the road on September 2, when reconstruction of the Berger/Kara Bridge part of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway commenced.

On the Magboro/Ibafo section of the road, Kuti said it could not be opened during the festive period due to the level of work.

“We haven’t reached a stage where we can open that section for safety reasons, which explains why we had workers on the ground during the Christmas period and up until now,” he said.

According to him, the work on that section is also expected to be completed by February when the contractor will open another section for reconstruction.

The Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Clement Oladele, said motorists should obey traffic rules to avoid chaos on the road.

“In other climes, when people see road signs around construction zones, nobody forces them to obey. I urge motorists and members of the public to do what is right,” he said.

Oladele stated that officials of the FRSC would do their best to control the traffic situation throughout the road reconstruction period.


Amaechi complains on CCECC delay on Lagos-Ibadan rail.

….We cannot continue like this

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has described as embarrassing the delay by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation in completing the 10 railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.

Amaechi made the remarks on Friday at the Abeokuta rail station under construction, during the monthly inspection of the on-going Lagos to Ibadan Rail project.

According to him, CCECC, the contractor handling the 156km rail line, has reduced the pace of work between the last two inspections in November and December.

“The delay is becoming an embarrassment and I think we need to meet with the CCECC. We cannot continue like this. The speed has reduced drastically this time, we need to meet with the management of CCECC. We have a problem with CCECC honestly,” the minister said.

Amaechi, who expressed displeasure over the pace of work at Agbado, Kajola, Papalanto and Abeokuta stations said the contractor had promised to finish the stations within three months.

The minister, who insisted that the stations should be completed by the end of January 2020, urged the contractor to engage workers who were ready to work.

He said block work, flooring, plastering and pipe laying should have moved forward than the stage they were.

Amaechi urged the contractor not to wait until April when the project was expected to be inaugurated before completing them.

He said three years after the inauguration of the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail line, the contractor was still at the site working on power.

According to him, the Ibadan-Kano standard gauge rail line was billed for commencement in 2020, so all the projects comprising track laying, stations, power should be taken at the same time.

NobleReporters learnt that the track laying has moved from Iju Station to around Agege and work was still ongoing at the Lagos axis.

Amaechi had assured Nigerians that the entire project would be delivered by April 2020.