One Of GEJ Legacy: Hospital Stalls Take-off Of The Abuja-Kaduna Rail Test

There stands clearly the project inititaed by President Goodlcuk Jonathan and almost completed before he left office. Now, it is ready for test. This is the same man many falsly clamied that he never achieved anything while in office. His legacy continue to speak for him. First, the minister  Rotimi Amaechi acknowledged that he never knew that our railways or rail transport has been reivived until he saw it. But then, they thought it was politcal propaganda.

By Favour Nnabugwu

The encroachment of a Catholic hospital, Daughters of Charity, on the right-of-way of the Federal Government’s rail project along Kubwa Rail Line stalled the test-run of the Abuja-Kaduna Rail scheduled for take-off in March 31.

This is even as government imported diesel-powered coaches for the test-run of the rail line.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who disclosed this at Kubwa Station in Abuja yesterday, stopped at the Daughters of Charity to have the buildings marked for demolition, but the hospital requested that it be given some days to prepare for the demolition.

Amaechi said Federal Government had finally reached an agreement with the Daughters of Charity Hospital, which was hindering free passage of the rail tracks.

He said: “As you can see, because you are part of the negotiation, the two parties have agreed that demolition of the structures should be done tomorrow (today).

“Government, on its part, has fulfilled part of its promises to the hospital by obtaining Certificate of Occupancy for their relocation and the payment of N362 million to be given to CCECC to embark on the construction of another hospital and convent for the catholic sisters.”

Operators of Daughters of Charity Hospital had requested for more days to be able to evacuate patients from nearby wards before the demolition.

However, the minister insisted on today, saying government had fufilled almost all its promises to the hospital. Vanguard

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