Lagos committed to safe, sustainable transport system – Sanwo-Olu

Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos Tuesday commissioned the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line at Ikeja Overpass Bridge, reiterating that his administration remained committed to “a transport system that is safe, sustainable, integrated, seamless and with the potential to drive the socio-economic growth and development of the state and indeed Nigeria.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was joined at the commissioning by his Kwara state counterpart and chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), AbdulRahman AbdulRasak, gave the pledge during the official commissioning of the overpass bridge.

He said that the overpass bridge, the fourth to be commissioned in the state, was about his administration’s commitment to the safety of the people by developing a permanent solution to the recurring fatal vehicle/train accidents collisions at railway crossings.

“The completion and formal commissioning of this safety infrastructure is a precursor to the commencement of passenger operations of the Red Line, which will be commissioned by our dear President, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the first quarter of next year.

“In the last four-and-a-half years of our administration, we have prioritised the implementation of our integrated transportation system under the traffic management and transportation pillar of the THEMES+ agenda. 

“As a result, we have delivered life-enhancing transport infrastructures, which are making life easier for the average Lagosian.

“LRMT Red Line Rail System, the first phase of which we project will move more than 500,000 passengers daily, stretches over a distance of 27 kilometres from Agbado to Oyingbo, with eight stations at Agbado, Iju, Agege, Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin, Yaba and terminates at Oyingbo,” he added.

This was as Governor Sanwo-Olu affirmed that the current administration in Lagos State was committed to the goal of achieving a zero-carbon state, with the expectation of becoming an emission-neutral city by 2050, saying that a total of 50 buses powered by Compressed Natural Gas would be deployed in 2024 as pilot phase on defined corridors.

Speaking at the commissioning, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Abimbola Akinajo, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for laying the LRMT Red Line, noting that one of the highly essential components of the Red Line was the construction of five overpass bridges to separate vehicular and pedestrian traffic from train traffic. 

“One of the highly essential components of the Red Line was the construction of five overpass bridges to separate vehicular and pedestrian traffic from train traffic.”