The Lagos state government has once again shifted the completion date for the Blue Rail from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko on the Lagos Badagry Expressway to next year. The project, which was started in 2006 by former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is yet to be completed 9 years after.
Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, said the completion of the Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) rail system is expected to unlock gridlock on the Lagos-Badagry axis, and would open up socio-economic opportunities in the state.
Ambode, who visited the project with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority’s (LAMATA) Managing Director Dr. Dayo Mobereola, among others, directed that China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), be mobilised “to enable it complete the project within a short time.”
His tour, he said, was informed by the need to mobilise the contractor, to expedite action on the project and the Badagry expressway because of their importance.
He said: “What we have come here to do is to specifically see the extent of work and to ensure that the contractor of the project is mobilised so that we are able to complete it on time. It’s also important to us that the contractor takes it as a major priority. The Mile 2 Badagry expressway is very important to all of us and like we said, it’s a project that we must finish.
“It is a project that I would like to complete within the shortest possible time. So, I will like to see greater work done on the road project itself. On the light rail project, like we have said before, we are going to mobilise immediately to see that what has been done from Mile 2 to National Theatre is continued to Marina within the next 12 months.
“We should be able to put to use whatever has been done from Mile 2 to Marina. We also want the contractor to immediately commence work on the Mile 2 to Badagry road and once we pass Okokomaiko, we should be able to extend the Blue Rail to Okokomaiko.”
Ambode added that whatever was the hindrance to completing the light rail project, government officials would sit down with the contractor to see how it could be resolved to reduce the people’s suffering.