The Minister of Transport, Saidu Alkali, addressed the contractors responsible for the Kano-Lagos standard gauge railway during a visit to Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Saturday.
He expressed concerns about the materials being used for the project, noting that they could potentially facilitate the vandalisation of the rail lines. Alkali urged the contractors to replace the current metal clips used to secure the rail track with anti-theft clips.
In his statement, Alkali emphasized the importance of first hand assessment, stating, “We came to see for ourselves because seeing is believing. While inspecting the construction, we noticed certain issues with the clips they were using, and we advised them to switch to anti-theft clips to prevent easy removal.”
Acknowledging the security challenges associated with the project, he reassured that efforts would be made to collaborate with security agencies to ensure the timely completion of the project for the benefit of Nigerians.
Before Alkali’s remarks, Mark Zoe, the project coordinator of the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), reported that the project had achieved a completion rate of 22.6 per cent. He also highlighted the security challenges in the area and appealed for cooperation with the military. Zoe noted that in the past two months, two of their staff members had been kidnapped along Tashar Yari in Makarfi LGA of Kaduna State.
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