Sanwo-Olu says Lagos Blue Rail Line will start operations in 2021
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the Lagos Blue Rail Line will commence operations in 2021.He stated this at a ceremony to mark the successful completion of an elevated sea-crossing track of the Lagos Blue Line Rail Mass Transit project.
The governor led members of the State Executive Council (SEC) to inspect the five-kilometre long Continuous Beam Bridge constructed from Iganmu to Marina, which is part of the fourth phase of the project, and to inaugurate the final phase of the project.
The ceremony also marked the commencement of construction on the final phase of the project, which the governor promised to complete next year. Sanwo-Olu said the completion of the sea-crossing track indicated his administration’s commitment towards completing the state-funded rail project started in 2009.He said: “The completion of this project is top priority for our administration, as it is critical to the achievement of our prioritised pillar of traffic management and transportation in our six-point development agenda, known as project THEMES.
“The aim of this rail project is basically to reduce travel time through an effective and efficient intermodal transport system. It is also key to the building of a 21st century economy, which is central to the vision of a Greater Lagos aspiration. We are committed to delivering this project next year and ensuring its operation starts in 2021.”
The construction of the rail tracks, Sanwo-Olu noted, was being implemented in strict adherence to the State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan, which prescribed six rail lines and one monorail for the long-term strategic goals of the state.
Apart from the Blue Line, the governor disclosed that his administration would be starting the construction of the Red Line rail project from Agbado to Marina, pointing out that advertisement had been published in the media to invite investors for the construction of four other rail lines under a Design, Build, Operate, Maintain and Transfer model of Public-Private-Partnership arrangement.
Meanwhile, the state government, yesterday, commenced the sale of its popular brand of rice, Lake Rice, in preparation for the yuletide. The Commissioner for Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal, flagged it off.Lawal noted that Lake Rice is available for sale at its sales centers across the state, including the Agricultural Development Authority Complex, Oko-Oba; Lagos State Agriculture Inputs Supply Authority (LAISA), Ojo and the Blue Roof at LTV Complex, Agidingbi, Ikeja.
Other centres are the Lake Rice Sales Centre at Farm Service Centre, Epe; Odogunyan Farm Service Centre, Ikorodu; Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere; Farm Centre, Ajah, Government Technical School, Ikotun; Farm Service Centre, Badagry; and the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park at Yaba.He noted the price of a 50kg bag of the rice as N17,000 and N8,500 for 25kg bag, warning that it should not be sold above the approved prices.