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Ogun to link communities by light rail

Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 12:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Laide Raheem – Abeokuta


In its effort to further transform Ogun state and enhance transport of persons and goods across the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun led government on Monday signed a contract agreement with a Chinese company to construct intra and interstate light rail network system.

The agreement signing ceremony between the state government and China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) was held at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.

Speaking at the event which had in attendance, the Chinese Consul-General, Lin Kan, CCECC chairman, Cao Baogang and the company’s Managing Director, Li Qinyona, the Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who described the rail project as total redesigning of Ogun state, reiterated that his administration will continue to initiate projects capable of enhancing infrastructural development of the state.

The governor explained further that the rail system when completed will connect locations within the Abeokuta metropolis and be extended to other locations in the state like Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Agbara and Idi-Iroko. This, according to him, will greatly reduce pressure on roads in the state when both the intra and intercity rail project is completed.

While urging CCECC to work round the clock and ensure the project reaches an appreciable stage next year when Ogun state clocks 40 years, Amosun pointed out that the rail network will engender the desired development of the state.

“Today, no doubt, is an important day in the history of our dear state. This agreement signing with the Chinese company, when completed, will complement our road infrastructure all over the state. Apart from the infrastructural development it will bring to our state, it will also create jobs and ease the transport of persons and goods across the state.

“Like I always emphasize, without functioning and proper infrastructure we cannot develop. This step we are taking today will help in technology transfer and bring positive impact on the lives of our people”. The governor stated.

Meanwhile, the governor has assured the people of the state that all the on-going road projects across the state will soon be completed adding his administration will now shift its focus to the construction of rural roads to facilitate development in the axis.

In an interview, however, the chairman of CCECC, Cao Baogang, who disclosed the project will be completed in three years, lauded the governor for being visionary, submitting the rail project will provide jobs for the teeming youths of Ogun state.