Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, announced that the official launching of Abuja-Kaduna rail project would not be feasible on May 29 anymore.
Amaechi revealed this while inspecting the arrival of two new coaches by the contractors, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) at Idu in Abuja.
He said the development was due to earlier refusal of Daughters of Charity Hospital in Kubwa to relocate for the alignment of the rail track.
The minister however said that negotiation had been completed with the hospital, adding that a new facility, including a convent, would be built for them by the contractors on a new site.
“We have two coaches here, the remaining three will arrive in the next 10 days from Lagos but so far we have been able to resolve what made us not to keep to the date.
“We have been told by the engineers not to give time anymore for the official launching,” he said.
Amaechi added there would be primary training for 1,000 staff for maintenance of the rail line, while the issue of security and conveyance of passengers from the city centre to Idu rail station would be resolved before the test-run.