The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi has queried the pace of work on the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, especially the Ebute Metta to Apapa seaport axis.

The minister also summoned the contractor, CCECC, to an emergency meeting on Thursday to explain why the pace of work has slowed significantly.

Mr. Amaechi who briefed journalists shortly after he inspected the ongoing modern rail facility said the excuses have been repeated over and over again adding that only a few stations progressed impressively.

“It’s a mixed bag. In some stations, you are impressed, in others you are not. Last time we came here, we had to suspend work because they were using what we refer to as stone dust to do the foundation. Not much happened at Abeokuta Station. The worst is from Ebute Metta to Apapa that is painful and that will be the focus from now henceforth” he said.

“I have heard all sorts of excuses” he said, adding that he has summoned the contractor to a meeting with NPA on Thursday or Friday to resolve those issues.