Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) said yesterday that the first section of state Blue light rail system designed to run from Marina to Okokomaiko would be ready by June this year. Fashola who disclosed this to newsmen shortly after inspecting projects, also flagged-off the track work of the light rail at Alaba Suru, Coker-Aguda Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
He said that the level of work on the National Arts Theatre and Alaba-Mile 2 rail stations are at advanced stage to ensure early completion.
Fashola said, “In order to finish the road, the contractor didn’t go on vacation during the festive period; all these is geared towards ensuring that the project is delivered on time for residents use.”
He explained that the first section of the road which began from National Arts Theatre, Orile-Iganmu to Mile 2 Bus Stop, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, would be fully completed with the tracks laid.
“While the construction work continues on the rail project from Orile-Iganmu to Marina and the expansion work on the road from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko will also be intensified,” Fashola said.
According to him, “This is what we do with the loan collected by the state government. We don’t use our loan to pay salaries and other recurrent expenditure, all we do with our loan is to provide capital project that would serve the benefits of the residents. When the project is completed, the state would be at par with other major cities of the world”.
The governor noted that this is the type of transport system he desired for the state in few years, adding, “his dream transportation system has begun to manifest in the state.”
The governor attributed the slow pace of work on the Ago Palace Road to the litigation, noting that property owners have agreed to be paid compensation by the government to enable it carry on with the construction.
He also assured that work will continue on the road to complete its expansion and serve as a link from Okota to Festac.