By Chuks Ekpeneru
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Monday confirmed that about 60 workers of the construction company (China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) that handled the project tested positive for coronavirus.
The Minister said the incident has put on hold plan to open the rail project in the first week of January.
Speaking during a television interview in Abuja, he said: “First, let us admit that over 60 of our staff, not ministry of transport staff, but the staff working on the rail project, have been infected with COVID. Luckily, nobody has died and I pray nobody will die, but you can see the kind of sacrifice everybody is making to get the rail to function.”
He said the project will be opened when the infection rate has greatly reduced.
“As far as we are concerned, we need to learn how to live with COVID. I really congratulate those that achieved that feat, we were to inaugurate first week in January. We had to stop those doing minor completion work because of the rise in COVI-19 transmission,” Amaechi said.