The Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail construction will begin on April 14.
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos and advised those who had encroached on corporation’s land to vacate, to avoid their property being destroyed by bulldozers.
According to Okhiria, those that are due for compensation will be compensated because it is part of the contract, but those who encroached on the land have to leave the premises as soon as possible because the constructions will begin on Friday.
He said the project would bring lot of socio-economic development to communities and major town along the axis.
Okhiria said the NRC would deliver consistent services that will attract lots of commercial and social activities that will serve as employment to the teeming youths of the various communities.
“The standard gauge is going to have two stations along the axis. We will have stations in Omin Adio and Moniya in Ibadan. The project will bring a lot of developments to the communities and improve the standard of living of people in the area,” Okhiria said.
The NRC boss also appealed to indigenes of the various communities to cooperate with the construction workers in the course of their duties.
Okhiria advised them to give adequate support to workers, whenever the work gets to their villages. He urged the people to have positive mind towards the project, adding that government was determined to improve rail services in the country to international standard.
Oyo State Government said it was ready to allocate more land to the NRC to complete the standard gauge rail line.
The Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Adeyemo, said this when the NRC delegation paid him a courtesy visit in Ibadan.
Adeyemo stated that the NRC had contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of the state, promising that residents would cooperate with workers on the new railway project.
The deputy governor stressed that the state government would sustain the cordial relationship that had existed between it and the NRC.