Sanwo-Olu says the PDP denied “necessary support” to the project

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lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu he has opened up to some setbacks encountered by his government before the newly commissioned Lagos Blue Rail Project became a reality.

He spoke Tuesday at the formal opening of the first phase of the elevated train network that stretches from Marina to Mile 2.

The project was inaugurated by the president, Muhammadu Buhari, in the Marine area of ​​the state.

“Over the years, the journey has been eventful, many challenges have been overcome, including the lack of support from the previous government, especially the DPP government when it was in power,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“It is not a secret that the only ambition of that party was to capture Lagos, not to support progress and development.

“They made this clear in many ways, including the unconstitutional withholding of critical funds.”

The Democratic People’s Party led the federal government from 1999 to 2015. The president, Goodluck Jonathan, lost his re-election bid to Mr. Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Sanwo-Olu added that the Buhari administration offered “tremendous support” unlike the previous administration which did not provide the “necessary support”.

He also said the train would take “just under 15 minutes” from Marina to Mile 2, for a journey that typically takes an hour or more, “thus reducing travel time, improving the quality of life for Lagos residents and making the state one of the most resilient megacities not only in Africa, but will compete with other megacities in the world.”

Mr. Sanwo-Olu also paid tribute to a former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, who is also the APC presidential candidate.

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The Governor described Mr. Tinubu as the “architect of modern Lagos” for “developing a comprehensive roadmap for the future of Lagos State; one that very clearly charted the path to a modern, prosperous and globally competitive megacity.”

blue lane

The Blue Line is expected to be 27 kilometers long and connect Okokomaiko with Marina.

Mr. Buhari, who was on a two-day visit to Lagos, commissioned the Lekki rice mill and deep-water port on Monday.

A railway network for Lagos was proposed in 1983 during the administration of Governor Lateef Jakande, but canceled in 2003 during the administration of Mr. Tinubu 20 years later.

It was built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company, a subsidiary of the China Railway Construction Corporation.

The state government has said the first phase will carry 250,000 passengers a day and, when completed, the full 27km will carry around 500,000 passengers a day.

The first phase (Marina -Mile 2) has five stations: Marina Iconic Station, National Theatre, Iganmu, Alaba and Orile.

Once it is operational, passengers will be able to use the cowry card to access the train.

At the event, the governor signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the second phase of the Blue Rail project, which will cover the 14-kilometer stretch from mile 2 to Okokomaiko.

President Buhari along with other dignitaries including journalists took a tour on the train, moving from the Marina station to the National Theater and vice versa.

Red line

Mr. Sanwo-Olu also said that by May, the Red Rail line, which runs from Oyingbo to the Agbado area of ​​the state, will be completed.

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“It is also on the right track that you will be putting the Red Line in place before the end of your administration,” he told the president who will leave office on May 28.

john randle

Previously, the president commissioned the John Randle Center for Yoruba Culture and History.

“With a 1000 square meter exhibition gallery and much more, it will stand out as the first cultural center of its kind in Lagos”, Mr. Sanwo-Olu wrote on his Twitter account.

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“We all grew up with stories of the holiness, elegance and magnificence of Yoruba history.

“The John Randle Center will provide a flexible space for learning programs, art installations, and live music events that tell stories of the past and create memories of the present.

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