Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday began the compensation of 2,341 tenants/ businesses who will be affected due to the construction of the Lagos Red Line Rail Project.
The ground breaking ceremony which was done at Ikeja is the first phase of the Lagos- Red Line Rail project.The Red Line is a replica of the effort of late Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first civilian governor of Lagos, who planned to construct a metro line 35 years ago.
Sanwo-Olu said the funding for the Red line project is available and should be ready for use in the last quarter of 2022.
The Governor said: “The Red Line is a 37 kilometre rail road with 12 proposed stations. The first phase will cover Oyingbo to Agbado with nine stations. Three of the stations will be constructed with the Lagos – Ibadan Railway Modernisation Projects by the Federal Government at Agbado, Agege and Ebute Metta Junction. The remaining six would be constructed as independent stations at Iju, Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin Yaba and Oyingbo. The phase two which would be mostly elevated would have stations at Iddo and Ebute-Ero before terminating at Marina where a huge interchange is planned to manage commuters on the Red, Green and Blue Rail lines, BRT buses and those using the waterways.”
The Governor said the project is founded on a number of imperatives which include increasing transport choices for all users, make the transit system integrated, attractive, convenient, affordable and accessible, reduce urban transportation-induced emissions, optimise usage of current road network, integrate land use development (urban physical planning) and urban transport planning and secure long term financing of investment plan.
“Our choices for an integrated transportation system are very clear. We would continue to search for every available means of funding for our transport infrastructure to ensure that by 2022, we would have two rail lines operational and initiate the construction of another two more lines in partnership with the private sector.
“Our desire is to achieve improved connectivity amongst transport modes, making commuting within Lagos easy as well as business-like for every Lagosian and visitor, reduce congestion, have predictable travel time and improve the GDP of our state.”
Similarly, some persons who claimed to be tenants on Aro-omoba Street, protested as the groundbreaking ceremony was going on.
Modupe Purity, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, said they are tenants of shops and they were not captured in the compensation process.
She said personal efforts to correct the wrong has not yielded fruits, saying she has been to Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) offices.