Lagosians are assured by Governor Sanwo-Olu that the Red Line rail will be operational this week.


Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, has declared that all arrangements are in place for the Thursday, February 29, official opening of the 37-kilometer Red Line Rail Project.

Yesterday, during the last trial run of the project’s new trains, Sanwo-Olu made the announcement.

The Nation reports that President Bola Tinubu is scheduled to commission the historic project.

The deputy governor, Dr Femi Hamzat, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, Transportation, Oluwaseun Osiyemi, Managing Director, MD, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, Engineer Abimbola Akinajo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Wale Musa, and other senior government officials accompanied the governor when he arrived at the Ikeja Train Station of the Red Line Rail Project for the operation’s test run to Iju Station.

Speaking with the press after the tour, Sanwo-Olu stated: “This one is our final inspection at the Ikeja train station and we just finished another test train ride on the Redline, using one of the trains.

“And we have had a journey all the way till Iju and back. We still have a few cleanings to do inside the train themselves because they still have wrappers around it.

“We will continue to test the air conditioning which is working, because they all came from different climatic weathers.

“Other than that It is the challenge around pedestrians on the track and the kind of wrong things we saw on those tracks, so you have seen that we will continue to do the enforcement.

“We will continue to do physical barricades on those lines, working with Nigeria Railway Corporation NRC, but the message here is really for our citizens living virtually on the track that, a track is not a place of residence or commercial activities.

“We should continue to tell people to stay off it and we will continue to enforce it, and continue to ensure that we clear the tracks because we do not want to record any fatality.

“Because once the intra train starts, it is not every two hours or three hours, it’s going to be fairly regular, 10 minutes, 15 minutes and we don’t want them to be comfortable that they have to stay on the track. It’s not a place for people to stay.

“That is the major challenge, we have reduced it considerably in the last two months and we will not stop.

“Other than that, I think the stations are ready, the trains are ready, I am sure all Nigerians are ready.”

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