by FEMI OYEWESO

Ogun State government yesterday signed a contract agreement with China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) for construction of intra- and inter-city railway network across the state.AMOSUN

Signing the multi-billion naira railway network contract agreement, which held at the governor’s office within the state’s Secretariat complex in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, was part of commitments of the present administration in the state towards transforming and enhancing transportation of persons and goods.

Construction of intra and inter-city rail project was aimed at linking towns and villages in the state as conceptualised by Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s administration.

The railway project, which is expected to be completed between eight and 10 years, will traverse the three senatorial districts, covering and also connecting locations within Abeokuta metropolis.

National Mirror gathered that the project’s worth was put at $3 billion and will be executed in phases. It is expected to link areas such as Abeokuta- Sagamu-Lagos: Abeokuta- Ilaro-Agbara Industrial Estate-Idiroko-Papa Alanto- Lafenwa in Abeokuta, as well as Abeokuta-Sagamu- Ijebu Ode-Ikorodu.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barrister Adeoluwa Taiwo, signed on behalf of government while chairman of the construction firm handling the project, Cao Bao Gang, signed for CCECC. Speaking on the project, Governor Amosun explained that its completion would take pressure off the roads as well as boost commerce and industry in the state.

Speaking further at the event which had in attendance, the Chinese Consul General, Lin Kan and Gang, among other top echelon of the Chinese company, Governor Amosun described the rail project as one that would totally redesigning the landscape of Ogun State.

He reiterated that his administration would continue to initiate projects that are capable of enhancing infrastructural development of the state. While urging CCECC to work round the clock and ensure the project reaches an appreciable stage before the state’s 40th anniversary, Governor Amosun pointed out that the rail network would 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 that it will bring to our state, it will also create jobs and ease the transportation of persons and goods across the state. “Like I always emphasise, 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.”

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