Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu tours Lagos Red Line Train stations, orders cleanup along the corridor.
Sanwo-Olu kicked off the tour at Agbado, stopped at Iju and Agege terminals as well as Ikeja and Yaba station of the Red Line.
Directed an immediate evacuation of illegal traders and intruders along the rail tracks.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday September 27th 2023, undertook a comprehensive inspection of the Red Line Rail infrastructure, traversing the major stations of the rail project from Agbado to Oyingbo.
Sanwo-Olu, who was joined by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and members of the State cabinet, kicked off the tour at Agbado, stopped at the Iju and Agege terminals as well as the Ikeja Mega station and finally at the Yaba station of the Red Line.
The Governor, who was impressed by the progress of the project, ordered comprehensive cleanup of the Red Line corridor ahead of the completion, directing an immediate evacuation of illegal traders and intruders along the rail tracks.
“We took the opportunity of holiday to inspect the construction of the Red Line infrastructure, which is at the finishing stage. In all the stops we have made, we could see the state of the stations and their platforms.
“We noticed there is still some work that still needs to be done, especially around cleaning up of all illegal activities that are being conducted on the rail corridor, which should not have happened. We are also taking final approach around all pedestrian bridges to be completed along the route.
“From my observation, I can say that I am very impressed with the level of work by all contractors working on the Red Line project. I believe we are on track to finish the project by the end of this year.
Sanwo-Olu said since the Red Line tracks are at grid level, it would be necessary to completely wall off the corridor to ensure non-interference with the tracks and prevent accidents that may claim lives.
“We have given evacuation notice to all traders found on the corridor; we will wall off the entire corridor to make it free for passengers movement when the operation starts.
“Everything must be put in place before we can launch it. That is why I have taken time to come out today and push the contractors for the cleaning up, testing and completion.
“We want to give the best for our citizens. This is the minimum they deserve to get from my Government.”
Beside, Sanwo-Olu inspected retrofitting work on Talgo train coaches waiting to be deployed for the Red Line operation. The trains are being equipped in Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).
Construction of the Red Line project, which was conceived and started by the Sanwo-Olu administration, is being undertaken by Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).