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The Federal Government has disclosed that the ongoing construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan rail project has been placed on hold due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this during a live television programme on African Independent Television monitored in Abuja.

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.

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