The Abeokuta railway main station, under the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan rail project of the Federal Government, has been relocated to the Moshood Abiola International Trade Fair Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
This is contrary to initial plans to locate it where about 1000 houses were penciled down for demolition, with the payment of about N2.8 billion compensation expected to be paid to residents, whose houses would have been demolished to pave way for the station.
Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who jointly took this decision, when the minister came on an inspection visit to the site, noted that the decision was to save thousands of houses from being demolished and reduce the cost of compensation.
The minister however declared that December 2018 deadline given to the contractors handling the project still stands, adding that the Federal Government is poised to build a lasting infrastructure that will make life more meaningful for the people.
He stated further that with the resolution of the location, which had been hampering the progress of work on the project, contractors will immediately be directed to commence work on the project.
Governor Amosun has however assured that the Trade Fair complex will be relocated to another befitting site.