As the city continues to maintain its mega-city status, the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration in Lagos State, has incurred a total of N100 billion to deliver both the red and blue rail line projects in the state.
While describing that the dual lines are differentiated based on their routes and not any specialness, Sanwo-Olu said that the projects were an “audacious” commitment by the state which bears significant potential for improving socio-economic welfare.
He disclosed this during an interview on Sunday Politics, a political programme which aired on Channels Television on Sunday.
He said, “It is a lot of money, it is well over N100 billion,” he said in reaction to the cost of the rail projects being constructed by the state government.
“I don’t criticise my predecessors but indeed for whatever planning or reasons, he never funded it. When we came back last two years, the contractor has since moved from about 55 per cent to about 93 per cent in terms of the physical construction of phase 1.”
Sanwo-Olu also blamed the construction lag to the administration led by former president Good luck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, who did not give the state government the right of way for the construction of the light rail.
He assured that the rail project would delivered by the last quarter of 2022.
The Red Line is a 37-km Rail Mass Transit which will connect thousands of Lagosians from Agbado to Marina, while the Blue line runs from Okokomaiko-Marina, thereby creating a holistic transit network for the city’s 20 million plus people.Follow us on social media