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We’re starting at the Railway Compound in Ebute Metta, where the #LagosIbadanRail Main Station (the biggest of the 10 Stations) is going to be. #RailUPng
Construction has commenced on the Ebute Metta Station. The Line will start at the Apapa Harbour. Ebute Metta will be the second Station. #LagosIbadanRail
Inspection of #LagosIbadanRail by Minister of Transport, @ChibuikeAmaechi.
Station Construction work in Ebute Metta, Lagos. #LagosIbadanRail
Ebute Metta Station Site. #LagosIbadanRail
Construction Photos at Ebute Metta, Lagos: #LagosIbadanRail.

We’re leaving Ebute Metta now, for the next leg of the Tour.
We’re now in Agbado, on the #LagosIbadanRail Corridor. Destination: Papalanto, which is this construction Hub. I took this trip a few weeks ago. So I’m keen to see the progress made.
Stopover in Ijoko. Some bants for the road.

The Lagos end of the Corridor will involve substantial demolition work (and payment of compensation where required). #LagosIbadanRail
Enroute to Papalanto. #LagosIbadanRail Monthly Site Tour by Minister @ChibuikeAmaechi
Now in Kajola, in Ogun State. The Yard where soil testing is done is located here. There will also be a Railway Station here. Earthworks going on currently. #LagosIbadanRail
Kajola, Ogun State. #LagosIbadanRail.

Next stop is Papalanto. That’s the HQ of the Project: Project Management, Manufacturing & Fabrication, etc.
Briefing at the Project Office in Papalanto, Ogun State #LagosIbadanRail
There will be 4 #LagosIbadanRail Stations in Lagos State: Apapa, Ebute Metta, Agege and Agbado.

Ebute Metta will be the biggest, the flagship Station for the Line. (Site preparation has started here - see video)

Apapa Station will have a Hotel & a Shopping Mall on the premises.
Super-impressed by @ChibuikeAmaechi hands-on approach to these Rail projects. Asking questions, close-marking the contractors and consultants, making observations, resolving issues. #LagosIbadanRail #RailUPng #ItakpeWarriRail
As I said a few days ago by the time I’m done with these project tours, I’m applying for COREN certification (whatever that means. Argue with your nearest engineer).

In September I intend to visit the 2nd Niger Bridge Site. Now being funded by PIDF:…
#LagosIbadanRail Project Meeting being chaired by Minister of Transport, @ChibuikeAmaechi.
Gaining new appreciation of the challenges of large-scale transport engineering projects in Nigeria: Right of Way issues (gas/water pipelines etc), compensations, multi-stakeholder nature of solutions (the need to carry along multiple players across multiple levels of Govt)...
#LagosIbadanRail. This is somewhere between Papalanto and Abeokuta. They’re not playing here. #RailUPng
#LagosIbadanRail VIDEO - August 27, 2018 #RailUPng
We’re now in Abeokuta. We traveled along the #LagosIbadanRail Corridor most of the way. It’s like @ChibuikeAmaechi is saying we’re going all the way to Ibadan 😳🤣

The #ItakpeWarriRail Tour last month, we started at 10 in the morning, and didn’t end until like 8.30pm...
Ogun River. I’m told that the second longest bridge on the #LagosIbadanRail Line is the one that crosses the River somewhere inside Ogun State.
Abeokuta. #LagosIbadanRail Tour. Inside the MKO Abiola Trade Fair Complex. Work is going on simultaneously in Lagos, Papalanto, Abeokuta and Ibadan.
This Police Post in Abeokuta is being relocated, as part of the work on #LagosIbadanRail. The entire project involves a substantial amount of relocation in the urban sections.
Minister of Transport with the DPO, going to inspect the new location for the Police Station. #LagosIbadanRail
Here we’re walking to the proposed location of the #LagosIbadanRail Abeokuta Station.
The #LagosIbadanRail is going to cut across this Valley ahead of us, just after it leaves the Abeokuta Station, on the way to Ibadan. The construction will involve a significant amount of leveling work - cutting the high section and filling the valley. #RailUPng
Last #LagosIbadanRail video from today (for today). We continue tomorrow.

Casting the next concrete pier. The piers carry the bridges that the Rail Line runs across. The longest bridge has about 25 of those piers, spaced 32m apart — that’s more than 750m long. #RailUPng
PHOTOS: #LagosIbadanRail. More than 8,000 workers mobilized to Site. 10 Stations, 24 million square meters of earthwork, 314km Main Rail (double track), 60km Station Rail, 1.2 million cubic meters of ballast. #RailUPng
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