The standard gauge Ibadan railway line being built by the federal government must be completed by December 2018.
This is according to the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi.
At the moment, the contractor handling the project, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, is expected to commence the laying of the track in December this year.
Amaechi said the Federal Government team led by himself had decided to undertake a monthly inspection of the project to ensure its smooth execution.
He spoke in Lagos after a meeting with the contractors on the progress of the job thus far.
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated the rail construction project earlier in the year, with a projection that about half a million jobs would be created.
The new Lagos-Ibadan rail, spanning 156.65 kilometres, is a double line, which is the first phase of 2,733km new Lagos-Kano rail line.
It is expected to be linked with the Kaduna-Abuja standard gauge railway recently completed and now running.