The Nigerian Minister of Transportation,Hon Rotimi Amaechi has ordered the demolition of houses too close to railway line around Ilupeju and Mushin areas of Lagos state.
The houses are reported to be very close to the new SGR line from Ibadan to Apapa port in the Nigerian commercial capital.The minister has been working to deliver the project which is being handled by a Chinese rail construction giant.
Amaechi noted that “safety of people around rail lines across the country is important to us. This is why I have directed that buildings encroaching on the rail perimeter at Km 8.9 Ilupeju, Mushin area of the Lagos-Ibadan route be bought off, demolished and fenced out. We need space for the power line”,the Minister said while inspecting the. project.
Amaechi is widely regarded as the most successful railway Minister in Nigerian modern history.