Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, said compensation for the demolition of the Daughter of Charity Catholic Hospital in Kubwa which is hindering the completion of the Abuja-Kaduna railway project is ready.
In a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, DPPR, in the ministry, Mrs. Yetunde Sonaike, and made available to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja, the minister explained that government is passionate about the plight of patients and staff of the hospital and is working round the clock with officials of the ministry to ensure that its compensation is paid on time, noting that the right of occupancy for the new site has been delivered to the management of the hospital.
Amaechi added that other necessary steps taken by the ministry to ensure the smooth relocation of the hospital include engaging the contractors handling the rail modernisation projects to donate a convent for the hospital and fence its new site as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
“We are working with the contractors to facilitate the construction of new hospital blocks at a reduced and affordable cost,” he said.
As regards the completion of technical aspects of the project before the test run, commissioning and commencement of commercial services, he said “Consultants advised that we should not rush them so as not to make mistakes,” adding that the ministry has taken delivery of new coaches in Abuja and are expecting three more.
Amaechi, who was optimistic about the successful completion of the project in good time, said the Abuja–Kaduna Rail Modernisation Project will be delivered this year, noting that maintenance, operations and management will generate more employment for Nigerians.

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