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Lagos Light Rail to be completed in 12 months – Ambode

By on July 18, 2015

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday pledged to complete the state light rail (blue line) in 12 months, noting that its completion was central to unlocking socio-economic opportunities in the state.

The governor also directed that the contractor of the project, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), be mobilised “to enable the firm complete the project within a short time.”

He disclosed this during an inspection of the light rail project at Mile 2 alongside the Managing Director of Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, among others, noting that his administration was determined to complete the project.

He said he decided to inspect the project in order to quickly mobilise the contractor to expedite action on the rail project and the Badagry expressway so that the project could be completed on time due to its importance.

According to him, “What we have come here to do is to specifically ensure that the contractor of the project is mobilised. 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 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. Immediately they commence work on the road project from Mile 2 towards Badagry, once we pass the Okokomaiko area, we should be able to do the Blue Rail from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko.”

He said what his administration expected was that, notwithstanding the rain or other constrants, the immediate mobilisation of the contractor should be done “and then the contractor should also increase the pace of work, that’s what we want to see.”

Ambode added that whatever was the hindrance to completing the project, government officials would sit down with the contractor to see how it could be resolved to reduce the people’s suffering.