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Oyo, Chinese firm sign MoU on construction of light rail


Ibadan, Oyo state.

Ibadan, Oyo state.oyo

The Oyo State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, CCECC for the construction of a light rail transport system covering about 24 kilometres within Ibadan, the state capital.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, which took place at the ExecutiveCouncil Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan at the weekend,Governor Abiola Ajimobi described the development as another milestone in his administration’s quest to modernize major cities in the state.

He said that the project was long overdue for the state with a population of over 10 million, stressing that any city with a population of at least two million required a light rail system of transportation.

“We believe that in our quest to modernize Oyo State, particularly in the area of transportation system that will consequently lead to the economic development of the state, having a light rail system is a sine qua non.

“Ibadan as a city, and indeed, Oyo State, with over 10 million people, is overdue for a rail system that can move people in large number from places to places. Rail is the largest and most effective transportation system to achieve this.

“In our repositioning agenda, we believe that transportation plays a major role in the economic development. Apart from the road network that we have established, we are also committed to the construction of the light rail system,’’ he said.

Governor Ajimobi said that the state was moving up a notch with the provision of the light rail system to ease traffic congestion and reduce the cost of transportation for individuals as well as small and large scale businesses within the Ibadan metropolis.

He explained further that the light rail system would initially operate within the Ibadan metropolis before being extended to other cities in the state.

The Chief Engineer of the Chinese firm, Mr. Li Binj disclosed that his firm did not just come to the state with cutting-edge technology, but also with the desire to transfer such to the local people who he said would be engaged for the project.

Binj, while giving details on the project, said it would move from Ojoo to Mokola, stretching to the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

He said that the project would cover about 24 kilometres within the state capital, adding that it would be completed within three years.

Binj, who signed the MoU on behalf of his firm, said that the project would give employment to thousands of people in the state, aside the transfer of technology to those who would be involved in the execution of the project.

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  • Comfortkay

    It is my prayer that this project will give the people of Ibadan jobs and not the Chinese bringing in their own people to do the work.

  • Dayo Ojebisi

    fake project that will not finish for the next 10years, this can never produce any job for anyone. How come we don’t go into full scale farming, providing all equipment needed and employ graduates, if people don’t work and get paid how do you think this will work out good for the state? farm product can be export as well and the state economy will develop

  • Oladosu Joseph

    Where is the Money? A State that cannot pay Civil Servants and Teachers Salaries wanted to Build a Rail line of Multi millions Dollars project. Although Chinese government is very nice maybe they are doing the Rail free of charge!!!!! lol

  • emmanuel kalu

    this is where the media continue to fail nigerian’s. where are the necessary yet important question. how are you going to pay for this? what is the capacity of the train? what are the finances of the trains services in relation to the loan. what can of capacity transfer is going to happen. to what extend is local content going to be used, where would raw material come from. these are very important question that needed to asked and approriate answers should be provided. it is a good idea, but nigeria always fails in the implementation of project.