Politics

BREAKING: Tinubu commissions Lagos 37km red line rail project

President Bola Tinubu on Thursday commissioned the 37-kilometer Lagos red line train project.

The 37-kilometer Red Line rail project will connect Agbado, Ogun State, with Marina.

Along the way, there will be 13 stations, including Agbado, Iju, Agege, Ikeja, MMIA International, MMIA Domestic, Oshodi, Mushin, Yaba, Ebute meta, Iddo, Ebute Ero, and Marina.

It is also projected to enable 37 journeys every day, carrying about 500,000 passengers.

The Red Line will use a diesel-powered system called the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU), in contrast to the Blue Line’s electric power.

The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) is in charge of overseeing the rail system.

According to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the total cost of the Blue and Red Lines would be more than N100 billion. China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation was in charge of the project’s construction (CCECC).

Alhaji Lateef Jakande, during the Second Nigerian Republic, conceived of the Lagos Metroline network in 1983, which marked the beginning of the idea of building rapid transit in the state of Lagos. At a cost to state taxpayers of more than $78 million, Muhammadu Buhari abandoned the original Metroline project in 1985.

Nonetheless, the rail system for Lagos State was revitalized in 2003 by then-governor Bola Tinubu, who made a formal announcement about its construction.

Following the commissioning, Tinubu will leave Lagos at the invitation of His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, to embark on a two-day official visit.