The work on the construction Lagos-Ibadan rail project has been suspended due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which was reportedly discovered towards the end of February, the Federal Government declared on Thursday.
According to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on a live television programme on African Independent Television, The minister said the employees of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, the contractor handling the project, were still in China on the orders of the government of the Asian nation.
He said, “If not for coronavirus we would have finished the Lagos-Ibadan rail, although the project is nearly completed. The CCECC workers are still in China.”
The Federal Government had announced on several occasions that the rail project would be officially opened for commercial activities in April.