Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has called on Nigerians to improve on their technology rather than relying on other countries for building of roads and other infrastructures.
Amaechi, who made this known to journalists while inspecting the Lagos-Ibadan railway construction also explained that the construction of the rail line from Lagos to Abeokuta will soon be completed as it is left with 6 kilometers to Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
He hinted that Vice Pesident Yemi Osinbajo will be riding on the train with some ministers by the first week of January as part of the commissioning process before the transport service will be opened for use.
He appreciated the China Civil Engineering Construction Cooperation(CCECC) for adhering to the contract schedule. He stated that the construction has created jobs for nine thousand (9000) Nigerians.
“While we are grateful to the Chinese for their technology, we are also saying that Nigerians must learn on how to build good roads and railways for themselves. Other countries are doing it. We cannot continue to rely on other people’s technology. The earlier we learned, the better.
“We are gradually coming to the end of the project. We are 6 km from Abeokota. I have been assured that we will be able to ride from Iju to Abeokuta by the first week of January.
“Our idea is to get it right by rail then we can begin to put the pressure on them to build the stations. They are working, but it is slow. I will tell them to concentrate on the rail, focus on one to the end. When we are using that one, we are building the second”, he said.