Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians that the state’s Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line project will become a reality before May 29.
Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance when he inspected the project sites in Yaba and Ebute Meta where stations and vehicular bridge overpass are sited.
The governor said the Ebute Metta vehicular bridge overpass was at 75 to 80 per cent completion while that of Yaba was 95 per cent ready.
He said his administration was working with relevant stakeholders, especially the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to actualise the project.
Sanwo-Olu explained that the two train stations in the axis were at advanced stages of completion and expressed satisfaction with the level of works on the project.
The governor said the project design would help to avert the type of accident that occurred on March 9 at PWD in Ikeja.
He said: “You have seen the train stations, especially the Yaba and Oyingbo stations. With the station, we believe the project is about 75 to 80 per cent complete. The bridge is about 90 to 95 per cent ready, while the adjoining road to Yaba would be cleaned up.
“We are satisfied with the level of construction so far. You can also see lots of construction ongoing there. We are also here on advocacy to stop traders from operating on the rail track because they would be walled off when the project is finally ready.
“We believe we are still on track, and it will be ready before the end of our first term in office, depending on when we want to open it. We will, however, be having test-runs because this rail track will be working with the NRC from Ebute Metta to Ibadan (Oyo State). So, we need to harmonise our own rail infrastructure.”
Commenting on some outbursts over the March 11 governorship election, which he won by a wide margin, Sanwo-Olu regretted the divisive rhetoric which came up, but assured the residents that the healing process had begun.