The Minister of Transportation, has tasked APM Terminal operators to cooperate with China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) to expedite the completion of the Ebute meta – Apapa extension of the Lagos -Ibadan rail to meet the January 2021 Deadline.
Amaechi who spoke during the monthly inspection of the project asked APM Terminals to allow the Contractor handling the Ebuta Meta – Apapa seaports railway extension access to carry out their work adding that the project must be commisioned in January.
" We have already told the President, that we are commissioning in January. Now, I am working towards that time. We must achieve that time”, he said.
The Minister said his objective was to clear the Apapa gridlock as quickly as possible.
“the moment we begin movement of cargo from Lagos to Ibadan, then the Lagos gridlock will reduce drastically and that’s my objective in January”
On his part the Country Manager of APM Terminal, Klaus Laursen, while showing the Minister the monitoring station which gives real time information on what is happening in all sections of the terminal, said ” the essence is to have it here to control and monitor cargo coming in and going out of the terminal.”
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Lauren acknowledged the fact that the terminal is not where it is supposed to be, saying they were putting the right facilities in place to encourage productivity.
During the tour of the stations along the Lagos-Ibadan rail corridor, the Minister insisted that there must be emergency exits in all the stations to ensure safety in case of any incidence.