September 26, (THEWILL) – The leader of the Royal People Platform (RPP), a non-governmental institution (NGO), Prince Dare Aladekoba has expressed his excitement at the state of the rail projects in Lagos state.
The NGO boss made this known during a chat with THEWILL on Sunday, after inspecting the progress made by the Babajide Sanwo-olu administration.
He said Governor Sanwo-Olu has shown he is serious about developmental projects in the state, adding that periodic inspections would gear up the contractors handling all the projects across the state and boost the morale of the workers and residents.
According to him, inspections highlight likely lapses that can be fixed before completion, enthusing that the governor’s actions have shown he would not delay any of it till his second term in office.
He said the governor is a man of his words and the good people of the state believe him.
According to Aladekoba, the governor said “the 2022 deadline set for the completion of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) projects being undertaken by the Lagos State Government remains sacrosanct.
“We are excited about the on-going rail projects being undertaken by the Lagos State Government and there is a huge number of jobs being provided to Nigerians engaged by the contractor at all stages of the construction work. There are over a thousand personnel working at the Marina Terminal alone. We are happy with the extent of work on both projects. What we have seen at the Ikeja Station, which is the second biggest station after the one being built at Marina, gives us so much hope that the projects are on course.
“Based on the physical assessment, we believe that the timelines set for the completion of major engineering work are on track. We also believe that our contractor is working on schedule. Although there are few hiccups, we believe we will be able to address and surmount them. By the last quarter of 2022, we hope that trains would move on both corridors. And by 2023, we expect to see the full operation of both Blue and Red Lines.”
The NGO boss commended the governor for defying the rain to physically assess the progress made in the construction of the two projects.
The inspection came five months after Sanwo-Olu performed the ground-breaking ceremony to kick off the construction of the 37-kilometer-long Red Line, which starts from Agbado and ends at Oyingbo.
The Blue Line project started in 2010 and is presently 80 percent complete.
Aladekoba urged the governor not to renege on his promise that, henceforth, there would be quarterly assessment and monitoring of the two projects to avoid the pitfalls that stalled the progress of the Blue Line before his administration.