The MKO Abiola International Trade Fair Complex, Abeokuta, is to give way for the proposed terminus and the right of way of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail station project being implemented by the federal government.
Other facilities to be sited in the proposed terminus, include shopping malls and hotels.
Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, made this known, during a visit to the site in Abeokuta.
The minister said the project was shifted to the trade fair, because the land originally acquired for the rail project’s right of way in Abeokuta, had been taken over by about 1,000 private homes at harmony housing estate, near Oke Mosan.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun said MKO Abiola International Trade Fair Complex will be relocated to a more suitable place in Abeokuta, in order to prevent the demolition of houses in the axis.
Already the laying of the standard gauge track for the Lagos-Ibadan segment of the Lagos-Kano new rail project, has begun from Papalanto, near Abeokuta.
The Chinese contractor handling the rail project, China Engineering And Construction Corporation (CCEC ) said about one and a half kilometres of the new rail track is being laid daily to meet the December deadline.