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  •  Lagos State Government has advocated a comprehensive sophisticated and more integrated approach to transport planning in Africa to achieve efficient equitable and environmentally sensitive system The state s Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde made this known at the 6th Africa Sustainable Mobility Course in Lagos on Wednesday Oladeinde stated that an environmentally sensitive transport cannot be achieved simply by improving the efficiency of vehicle designs or traffic management According to him it also requires changes in the way people think about transportation and how they identify and evaluate solutions to transport problems The course organised by Ochenuel Mobility Nigeria and supported by LAMATA had participants from Uganda Liberia Germany South Africa India Malawi Tanzania and Nigeria Delivering his keynote address on the theme of the course Pathway to the Future Mobility of Africa Oladeinde said for African transportation landscape to become sustainable planning must focus on access This can be improved with strategies that reduce the need to travel altogether such as land management and improved communications He noted that rapid urbanisation of Africa in the past decades had resulted in complex social economic and environmental challenges Oladeinde said this was with the auto centric pattern of development resulting in traffic congestion urban sprawl and pollution He said current approach to problem solving in the transport sector tended to fail when confronted with so many challenges and described conventional decision making as reductionist He said apart from lack of investments in infrastructure to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population there is the urgent need to mainstream the prioritisation of public transport and non motorized transport NMT Besides Oladeinde stated the need for a transition to cleaner or renewable energy sources to power Africa s mobility space He described this as a critical component of the plan to reduce the negative environmental impacts of transportation and mobility Compressed natural gas C hydroelectricity biomass geothermal energy wind mapower and solar energy are all eligible energy sources Hybrid and electric vehicles EVs would assist to reduce pollution while also easing the burden of rising gasoline prices Energy security is however a primary hurdle to electric car acceptability in Africa he said In her welcome address the Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mrs Abimbola Akinajo shed light on the import of the course Akinajo said the course was to accommodate organisational capacity of the different executing MDAs local government and local council development areas It is also to coordinate their activities towards achieving a common and consistent policy basis for sustainable transport development in Lagos There is a clear evidence that knowledge of sustainable urban mobility is limited in Africa given the nature of contemporary urban transport developments she noted Akinajo pointed out that transport development in Africa essentially focusses on building wider roads that promotes motorisation This she said ultimately increases traffic congestion and greenhouse gas GHG emissions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG seeks integrated approach to transportation planning in Africa
     Lagos State Government has advocated a comprehensive sophisticated and more integrated approach to transport planning in Africa to achieve efficient equitable and environmentally sensitive system The state s Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde made this known at the 6th Africa Sustainable Mobility Course in Lagos on Wednesday Oladeinde stated that an environmentally sensitive transport cannot be achieved simply by improving the efficiency of vehicle designs or traffic management According to him it also requires changes in the way people think about transportation and how they identify and evaluate solutions to transport problems The course organised by Ochenuel Mobility Nigeria and supported by LAMATA had participants from Uganda Liberia Germany South Africa India Malawi Tanzania and Nigeria Delivering his keynote address on the theme of the course Pathway to the Future Mobility of Africa Oladeinde said for African transportation landscape to become sustainable planning must focus on access This can be improved with strategies that reduce the need to travel altogether such as land management and improved communications He noted that rapid urbanisation of Africa in the past decades had resulted in complex social economic and environmental challenges Oladeinde said this was with the auto centric pattern of development resulting in traffic congestion urban sprawl and pollution He said current approach to problem solving in the transport sector tended to fail when confronted with so many challenges and described conventional decision making as reductionist He said apart from lack of investments in infrastructure to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population there is the urgent need to mainstream the prioritisation of public transport and non motorized transport NMT Besides Oladeinde stated the need for a transition to cleaner or renewable energy sources to power Africa s mobility space He described this as a critical component of the plan to reduce the negative environmental impacts of transportation and mobility Compressed natural gas C hydroelectricity biomass geothermal energy wind mapower and solar energy are all eligible energy sources Hybrid and electric vehicles EVs would assist to reduce pollution while also easing the burden of rising gasoline prices Energy security is however a primary hurdle to electric car acceptability in Africa he said In her welcome address the Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mrs Abimbola Akinajo shed light on the import of the course Akinajo said the course was to accommodate organisational capacity of the different executing MDAs local government and local council development areas It is also to coordinate their activities towards achieving a common and consistent policy basis for sustainable transport development in Lagos There is a clear evidence that knowledge of sustainable urban mobility is limited in Africa given the nature of contemporary urban transport developments she noted Akinajo pointed out that transport development in Africa essentially focusses on building wider roads that promotes motorisation This she said ultimately increases traffic congestion and greenhouse gas GHG emissions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG seeks integrated approach to transportation planning in Africa
    General news1 month ago

    LASG seeks integrated approach to transportation planning in Africa

    Lagos State Government has advocated a comprehensive, sophisticated and more integrated approach to transport planning in Africa, to achieve efficient, equitable and environmentally sensitive system.

    The state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, made this known at the 6th Africa Sustainable Mobility Course in Lagos on Wednesday.

    Oladeinde stated that an environmentally sensitive transport cannot be achieved simply by improving the efficiency of vehicle designs or traffic management.

    According to him, it also requires changes in the way people think about transportation and how they identify and evaluate solutions to transport problems.

    The course, organised by Ochenuel Mobility Nigeria and supported by LAMATA, had participants from Uganda, Liberia, Germany, South Africa, India, Malawi, Tanzania and Nigeria.

    Delivering his keynote address, on the theme of the course, “Pathway to the Future Mobility of Africa”,  Oladeinde said for African transportation landscape to become sustainable, planning must focus on access.

    “This can be improved with strategies that reduce the need to travel altogether, such as land management and improved communications.

    ”He noted that rapid urbanisation of Africa in the past decades had resulted in complex social, economic and environmental challenges.

    Oladeinde said this was with the auto-centric pattern of development resulting in traffic congestion, urban sprawl and pollution.

    He said current approach to problem solving in the transport sector tended to fail when confronted with so many challenges and described conventional decision making as reductionist.

    He said apart from lack of investments in infrastructure to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population, there is the urgent need to mainstream the prioritisation of public transport and non-motorized transport (NMT).

    Besides, Oladeinde stated the need for a transition to cleaner or renewable energy sources to power Africa’s mobility space.

    He described this as a critical component of the plan  to reduce the negative environmental impacts of transportation and mobility.

    “Compressed natural gas (C, hydroelectricity, biomass, geothermal energy, wind mapower, and solar energy are all eligible energy sources.

    “Hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) would assist to reduce pollution while also easing the burden of rising gasoline prices.

    “Energy security is however a primary hurdle to electric car acceptability in Africa,” he saidIn her welcome address, the Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, shed light on the import of the course.

    Akinajo said the course was to  accommodate organisational capacity of the different executing MDAs, local government and local council development areas.

    “It is also to coordinate their activities towards achieving a common and consistent policy basis for sustainable transport development in Lagos.

    “There is a clear evidence that knowledge of sustainable urban mobility is limited in Africa, given the nature of contemporary urban transport developments,” she noted,Akinajo pointed out that transport development in Africa essentially focusses on building wider roads that promotes motorisation.

    This, she said, ultimately increases traffic congestion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


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  •  The Managing Director Nigerian Railway Corporation NRC Fidet Okhiria has said that the management of the corporation has developed a Train Track Access Framework to encourage Public Private Partnership PPP Okhiria said this during a press briefing held at the NRC s Headquarters in Ebute Metta Lagos on Wednesday He said that the establishment of Train Track Access Framework would enable third parties to use the track Okhiria said the framework would increase private sector participation and also increase the usage of the trackers He said that Train Track Access Framework would also improve interstate business and passengers would pay lesser amount for carriage of goods from one point to another We have tendered the Train Track Access Framework to the Board of NRC during our last meeting and we hope that the framework will be approved at the next board meeting We have set up a team to work with the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA to enable them operate successfully LAMATA had just received wagons for the Red line and hopefully they will start operation before the first quarter of 2023 Okhiria said He said that efforts were being made by the Federal Government to adequately secure trains passengers nationwide as well as to address other industry issues Okhiria said the incident of March 28 2022 impacted not just on the Abuja Kaduna route but on all the train services nationwide as efforts were being made to secure the release of other passengers He said that the confidence of Nigerians on train ride as the safest means of transportation was gradually being restored The NRC boss said that diesel price had skyrocketed and being a service provider for the benefit of Nigerians the corporation could not just increase its fares According to him the corporation has to reduce the number of trips on both Lagos Ibadan to four trips and Itakpe Warri to two in order to provide train services for Nigerians He said that NRC had lost N531million to inactivity on the Abuja Kaduna route between March and August 2022 Okhiria said that the corporation had intended to increase the Abuja Kaduna Standard Gauge trip while it would increase Lagos Ibadan train to 10 trips five to and five fro We were already doing 10 trips per day on the Abuja Kaduna and thought that by now it would have increased to 12 six to and six fro so that people can properly schedule their movement using the train Regrettably due to inactivity on the Abuja Kaduna train which was caused by the last terrorist attack we have recorded a shortfall of N531 million on the Abuja Kaduna route from March to August 2022 The shortfall is from expected income following the disruption occasioned by the train attack While we are trying to resolve that and people are building confidence we have this astronomical challenge in the cost of diesel from N300 plus to over N1000 per litre he said According to him due to this the Lagos Ibadan route dropped to two because of diesel cost What we earn cannot pay for diesel We have people providing security because of the situation all over the place We have to hire separate security We have to pay them whether the train runs or not We have to pay light bills and still have to buy diesel for the generators servicing the stations amongst other things in spite of the inactivity along the Abuja Kaduna train route and the drop on the Lagos Ibadan train services So you can see that what we earn is also eroded by operational cost Even in the midst of challenges we also get fund from NRC properties management Okhiria said While explaining the movement of cargoes from the ports via the standard gauge rail the managing director said that the movement of cargoes with the Lagos Ibadan train would commence in November 2022 He said that the NRC management had met with some maritime stakeholders including APM Terminals and ENL Consortium to ensure that freight runs on the standard gauge from both terminals to Papalanto and Abeokuta before November The NRC boss said that they were also working hard in ensuring that the access roads and freight yards were properly put in place so that the equipment for rolling stocks would be provided He noted that NRC would meet with some individuals proposing to use the warehouses and freight yards and was optimistic that before November they would start moving freights on the Lagos Ibadan standard gauge rail NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NRC develops Train Track Access Framework to encourage PPP
     The Managing Director Nigerian Railway Corporation NRC Fidet Okhiria has said that the management of the corporation has developed a Train Track Access Framework to encourage Public Private Partnership PPP Okhiria said this during a press briefing held at the NRC s Headquarters in Ebute Metta Lagos on Wednesday He said that the establishment of Train Track Access Framework would enable third parties to use the track Okhiria said the framework would increase private sector participation and also increase the usage of the trackers He said that Train Track Access Framework would also improve interstate business and passengers would pay lesser amount for carriage of goods from one point to another We have tendered the Train Track Access Framework to the Board of NRC during our last meeting and we hope that the framework will be approved at the next board meeting We have set up a team to work with the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA to enable them operate successfully LAMATA had just received wagons for the Red line and hopefully they will start operation before the first quarter of 2023 Okhiria said He said that efforts were being made by the Federal Government to adequately secure trains passengers nationwide as well as to address other industry issues Okhiria said the incident of March 28 2022 impacted not just on the Abuja Kaduna route but on all the train services nationwide as efforts were being made to secure the release of other passengers He said that the confidence of Nigerians on train ride as the safest means of transportation was gradually being restored The NRC boss said that diesel price had skyrocketed and being a service provider for the benefit of Nigerians the corporation could not just increase its fares According to him the corporation has to reduce the number of trips on both Lagos Ibadan to four trips and Itakpe Warri to two in order to provide train services for Nigerians He said that NRC had lost N531million to inactivity on the Abuja Kaduna route between March and August 2022 Okhiria said that the corporation had intended to increase the Abuja Kaduna Standard Gauge trip while it would increase Lagos Ibadan train to 10 trips five to and five fro We were already doing 10 trips per day on the Abuja Kaduna and thought that by now it would have increased to 12 six to and six fro so that people can properly schedule their movement using the train Regrettably due to inactivity on the Abuja Kaduna train which was caused by the last terrorist attack we have recorded a shortfall of N531 million on the Abuja Kaduna route from March to August 2022 The shortfall is from expected income following the disruption occasioned by the train attack While we are trying to resolve that and people are building confidence we have this astronomical challenge in the cost of diesel from N300 plus to over N1000 per litre he said According to him due to this the Lagos Ibadan route dropped to two because of diesel cost What we earn cannot pay for diesel We have people providing security because of the situation all over the place We have to hire separate security We have to pay them whether the train runs or not We have to pay light bills and still have to buy diesel for the generators servicing the stations amongst other things in spite of the inactivity along the Abuja Kaduna train route and the drop on the Lagos Ibadan train services So you can see that what we earn is also eroded by operational cost Even in the midst of challenges we also get fund from NRC properties management Okhiria said While explaining the movement of cargoes from the ports via the standard gauge rail the managing director said that the movement of cargoes with the Lagos Ibadan train would commence in November 2022 He said that the NRC management had met with some maritime stakeholders including APM Terminals and ENL Consortium to ensure that freight runs on the standard gauge from both terminals to Papalanto and Abeokuta before November The NRC boss said that they were also working hard in ensuring that the access roads and freight yards were properly put in place so that the equipment for rolling stocks would be provided He noted that NRC would meet with some individuals proposing to use the warehouses and freight yards and was optimistic that before November they would start moving freights on the Lagos Ibadan standard gauge rail NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NRC develops Train Track Access Framework to encourage PPP
    General news2 months ago

    NRC develops Train Track Access Framework to encourage PPP

    The Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, has said that the management of the corporation has developed a Train Track Access Framework to encourage Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

    Okhiria said this during a press briefing held at the NRC’s Headquarters in Ebute Metta, Lagos on Wednesday.

    He said that the establishment of Train Track Access Framework would enable third parties to use the track.

    Okhiria said the framework would increase private sector participation and also increase the usage of the trackers.

    He said that Train Track Access Framework would also improve interstate business and passengers would pay lesser amount for carriage of goods from one point to another.

    “We have tendered the Train Track Access Framework to the Board of NRC during our last meeting and we hope that the framework will be approved at the next board meeting.

    “We have set up a team to work with the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to enable them operate successfully.

    “LAMATA had just received wagons for the Red line and hopefully they will start operation before the first quarter of 2023,” Okhiria said.

    He said that efforts were being made by the Federal Government to adequately secure trains’ passengers nationwide as well as to address other industry issues.

    Okhiria said the incident of March 28, 2022 impacted not just on the Abuja-Kaduna route but on all the train services nationwide as efforts were being made to secure the release of other passengers.

    He said that the confidence of Nigerians on train ride as the safest means of transportation was gradually being restored.

    The NRC boss said that diesel price had skyrocketed and being a service provider for the benefit of Nigerians, the corporation could not just increase its fares.

    According to him, the corporation has to reduce the number of trips on both Lagos-Ibadan to four trips and Itakpe-Warri to two in order to provide train services for Nigerians.

    He said that NRC had lost N531million to inactivity on the Abuja-Kaduna route between March and August 2022. Okhiria said that the corporation had intended to increase the Abuja-Kaduna Standard Gauge trip while it would increase Lagos-Ibadan train to 10 trips; five to and five fro.

    “We were already doing 10 trips per day on the Abuja-Kaduna and thought that by now, it would have increased to 12, six to and six fro; so that people can properly schedule their movement using the train.

    “Regrettably, due to inactivity on the Abuja-Kaduna train which was caused by the last terrorist attack, we have recorded a shortfall of N531 million on the Abuja-Kaduna route from March to August 2022. “The shortfall is from expected income, following the disruption occasioned by the train attack.

    “While we are trying to resolve that and people are building confidence, we have this astronomical challenge in the cost of diesel from N300 plus to over N1000 per litre, ’’ he said.

    According to him, due to this, the Lagos-Ibadan route dropped to two because of diesel cost.

    What we earn cannot pay for diesel.

    “We have people providing security because of the situation all over the place.

    We have to hire separate security.

    “We have to pay them, whether the train runs or not.

    “We have to pay light bills and still have to buy diesel for the generators servicing the stations, amongst other things in spite of the inactivity along the Abuja-Kaduna train route and the drop on the Lagos-Ibadan train services.

    “So you can see that what we earn is also eroded by operational cost.

    Even in the midst of challenges, we also get fund from NRC properties’ management,” Okhiria said.

    While explaining the movement of cargoes from the ports via the standard gauge rail, the managing director said that the movement of cargoes with the Lagos-Ibadan train would commence in November 2022..

    He said that the NRC management had met with some maritime stakeholders, including APM Terminals and ENL Consortium, to ensure that freight runs on the standard gauge from both terminals to Papalanto and Abeokuta before November.

    The NRC boss said that they were also working hard in ensuring that the access roads and freight yards were properly put in place so that the equipment for rolling stocks would be provided.

    He noted that NRC would meet with some individuals proposing to use the warehouses and freight yards and was optimistic that before November they would start moving freights on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NA The Lagos State Government has unfolded its intentions on the construction of infrastructure to ensure seamless implementation of the Non Motorised Transport NMT plan in the state The Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu made this known at the state s maiden edition of Car Free Day held on Sunday at Governor s Road Alausa Lagos Sanwo Olu said Lagos State being the centre of excellence had begun to embrace NMT because of its environmental and economic benefits He said plans were underway to construct some of the terminals taking into consideration walking cycling skating and other small wheeled forms of transportation that would encourage the citizenry to embrace NMT Sanwo olu said that his administration was working hard to make transportation more effective efficient and sustainable He said it was doing this through provision of infrastructure policy and institutional reforms to curb the looming dangers of the climate change The governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde explained that the Car Free Day was an avenue for a city like Lagos to appraise the state of its road network Sanwo Olu said that Car Free Day was marked to create an innovative way of making Non Motorised Transportation equitable effective and sustainable in the State He said that the celebration in the state would create a paradigm shift in the culture needed for the transformation of the city of Lagos Speaking in his own capacity as Transportation Commissioner Oladeinde reassured that the infrastructure to support NMT would be put in place to ensure seamless movement for the commuting public Oladeinde said that the decision was important as transportation was the biggest culprit of carbon emissions affecting the environment negatively The bicycles lanes will be created for Cyclists on the road to encourage the use of bicycles which would benefit the public This is by ensuring pollution free environments road safety and improved health for every individual regardless of their ages he said The commissioner said that the ministry of transportation was working with physical planning to pilot the Non Motorised Transport Policy and sustain it The Managing Director Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mrs Abimbola Akinajo said the first phase implementation of the Lagos Sidewalk Pilot Project had been concluded on Catholic Mission Balewa Square TBS Akinajo represented by Mr Osa Konyeha said the completion of the sidewalk had enhanced walking access to St Nicholas Hospital Kings College and Lagos High Court The managing director said that it also enhanced walking access to Federal Court of Appeal and Tafawa Balewa Square which is home to a multi storey complex and one of the major Origin Destinations Akinajo said that plans were underway to implement a cycling pilot project that would traverse Eti Osa Local Government and Ikoyi Obalende Local Council Development Area LCDA She said The Design Review Sub Committee has conducted site visits and prepared a preliminary design I believe this will be discussed extensively with all key stakeholders at the next quarterly meeting I want to affirm that LAMATA is committed to executing a network of walking and cycling routes to implement a transport system This is to improve the lifestyle of the people and improve the economic competitiveness of Lagos Also speaking the representative of the Lagos Urban Development Initiative LUDI Mr Yinka Jones maintained that the level of pollution in the state was increasing due to motorised activities Jones encouraged all to play their parts in reducing pollution in the state by embracing Non Motorised Transportation Mrs Temitope George representing Cycology one of the NGOs that collaborated with the state to organise the event said the essence of Car Free Day was to awaken the consciousness of residents George said ot was to awaken them to the fact that there were alternative modes of transportation apart from the car She said that other means of transport were the Non Motorised means of commuting revealing that her NGO had earlier spear headed the share the road campaign in collaboration with LAMATA George explained that the Share the road campaign was aimed at sensitising the motorised road users that the road furniture was for everyone I am calling on the state government to continue its inclusive infrastructure that will ensure cyclists bikers skaters and other Non Motorised road users co habit safely she said A member of African Cycling Federation ACF Mr Dennis Kange said that the rate of air pollution and road crashes in the state called for concern He re emphasised the need to create more awareness about the social and environmental benefits of Non Motorized Transport modes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Car Free Day: LASG plans to construct Non-Motorised Transportation Infrastructure
     NA The Lagos State Government has unfolded its intentions on the construction of infrastructure to ensure seamless implementation of the Non Motorised Transport NMT plan in the state The Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu made this known at the state s maiden edition of Car Free Day held on Sunday at Governor s Road Alausa Lagos Sanwo Olu said Lagos State being the centre of excellence had begun to embrace NMT because of its environmental and economic benefits He said plans were underway to construct some of the terminals taking into consideration walking cycling skating and other small wheeled forms of transportation that would encourage the citizenry to embrace NMT Sanwo olu said that his administration was working hard to make transportation more effective efficient and sustainable He said it was doing this through provision of infrastructure policy and institutional reforms to curb the looming dangers of the climate change The governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde explained that the Car Free Day was an avenue for a city like Lagos to appraise the state of its road network Sanwo Olu said that Car Free Day was marked to create an innovative way of making Non Motorised Transportation equitable effective and sustainable in the State He said that the celebration in the state would create a paradigm shift in the culture needed for the transformation of the city of Lagos Speaking in his own capacity as Transportation Commissioner Oladeinde reassured that the infrastructure to support NMT would be put in place to ensure seamless movement for the commuting public Oladeinde said that the decision was important as transportation was the biggest culprit of carbon emissions affecting the environment negatively The bicycles lanes will be created for Cyclists on the road to encourage the use of bicycles which would benefit the public This is by ensuring pollution free environments road safety and improved health for every individual regardless of their ages he said The commissioner said that the ministry of transportation was working with physical planning to pilot the Non Motorised Transport Policy and sustain it The Managing Director Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mrs Abimbola Akinajo said the first phase implementation of the Lagos Sidewalk Pilot Project had been concluded on Catholic Mission Balewa Square TBS Akinajo represented by Mr Osa Konyeha said the completion of the sidewalk had enhanced walking access to St Nicholas Hospital Kings College and Lagos High Court The managing director said that it also enhanced walking access to Federal Court of Appeal and Tafawa Balewa Square which is home to a multi storey complex and one of the major Origin Destinations Akinajo said that plans were underway to implement a cycling pilot project that would traverse Eti Osa Local Government and Ikoyi Obalende Local Council Development Area LCDA She said The Design Review Sub Committee has conducted site visits and prepared a preliminary design I believe this will be discussed extensively with all key stakeholders at the next quarterly meeting I want to affirm that LAMATA is committed to executing a network of walking and cycling routes to implement a transport system This is to improve the lifestyle of the people and improve the economic competitiveness of Lagos Also speaking the representative of the Lagos Urban Development Initiative LUDI Mr Yinka Jones maintained that the level of pollution in the state was increasing due to motorised activities Jones encouraged all to play their parts in reducing pollution in the state by embracing Non Motorised Transportation Mrs Temitope George representing Cycology one of the NGOs that collaborated with the state to organise the event said the essence of Car Free Day was to awaken the consciousness of residents George said ot was to awaken them to the fact that there were alternative modes of transportation apart from the car She said that other means of transport were the Non Motorised means of commuting revealing that her NGO had earlier spear headed the share the road campaign in collaboration with LAMATA George explained that the Share the road campaign was aimed at sensitising the motorised road users that the road furniture was for everyone I am calling on the state government to continue its inclusive infrastructure that will ensure cyclists bikers skaters and other Non Motorised road users co habit safely she said A member of African Cycling Federation ACF Mr Dennis Kange said that the rate of air pollution and road crashes in the state called for concern He re emphasised the need to create more awareness about the social and environmental benefits of Non Motorized Transport modes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Car Free Day: LASG plans to construct Non-Motorised Transportation Infrastructure
    General news2 months ago

    World Car Free Day: LASG plans to construct Non-Motorised Transportation Infrastructure

    NA) The Lagos State Government has unfolded its intentions on the construction of infrastructure to ensure seamless implementation of the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) plan in the state.

    The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made this known at the state’s maiden edition of “Car Free Day”, held on Sunday at Governor’s Road, Alausa, Lagos.

    Sanwo Olu said Lagos State, being the centre of excellence, had begun to embrace NMT because of its environmental and economic benefits.

    He said plans were underway to construct some of the terminals taking into consideration walking, cycling, skating and other small wheeled forms of transportation that would encourage the citizenry to embrace NMT.

    Sanwo-olu said that his administration was working hard to make transportation more effective, efficient and sustainable.

    He said it was doing this through  provision of infrastructure, policy, and institutional reforms to curb the looming dangers of the climate change.

    The governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the Car Free Day was an avenue for a city like Lagos to appraise the state of its road network. 

    Sanwo-Olu said that Car Free Day was marked to create an innovative way of making Non Motorised Transportation equitable, effective and sustainable in the State.

    He said that the celebration in the state would create a paradigm shift in the culture needed for the transformation of the city of Lagos.

    Speaking in his own capacity, as Transportation Commissioner, Oladeinde, reassured that the infrastructure to support NMT would be put in place to ensure seamless movement for the commuting public.

    Oladeinde said that the decision was important as transportation was the biggest culprit of carbon emissions affecting the environment negatively.

    “The bicycles lanes will be created for Cyclists on the road to encourage the use of bicycles which would benefit the public.

    “This is by ensuring pollution-free environments, road safety and improved health for every individual, regardless of their ages,” he said.

    The commissioner said that the ministry of transportation was working with physical planning to pilot the Non Motorised Transport Policy and sustain it.

    The Managing Director, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, said the first phase implementation of the Lagos Sidewalk Pilot Project had been concluded on Catholic Mission Balewa Square (TBS).

    Akinajo, represented by Mr Osa Konyeha, said the completion of the sidewalk had enhanced walking access to St. Nicholas Hospital, Kings College, and Lagos High Court.

    The managing director said that it also enhanced walking access to Federal Court of Appeal and Tafawa Balewa Square, which is home to a multi-storey complex and one of the major Origin-Destinations.

    Akinajo said that plans were underway to implement a cycling pilot project that would traverse Eti-Osa Local Government and Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

    She said: “The Design Review Sub-Committee has conducted site visits and prepared a preliminary design.

    “I believe this will be discussed extensively with all key stakeholders at the next quarterly meeting.

    “I want to affirm that LAMATA is committed to executing a network of walking and cycling routes to implement a transport system.

    ” This is to improve the lifestyle of the people and improve the economic competitiveness of Lagos.

    ”Also speaking, the representative of the Lagos Urban Development Initiative (LUDI), Mr Yinka Jones, maintained that the level of pollution in the state was increasing due to motorised activities.

    Jones encouraged all to play their parts in reducing pollution in the state by embracing Non- Motorised Transportation.

    Mrs Temitope George, representing Cycology, one of the NGOs that collaborated with the state to organise the event, said the essence of Car Free Day was to awaken the consciousness of residents.

    George said ot was to awaken them to the fact that there were alternative modes of transportation apart from the car.

    She said that other means of transport were  the Non-Motorised means of commuting, revealing that her NGO had earlier spear-headed the “share the road” campaign in collaboration with LAMATA.

    George explained that the “Share the road” campaign was aimed at sensitising the motorised road users that the road furniture was for everyone.

    “I am calling on the state government to continue its inclusive infrastructure that will ensure cyclists, bikers, skaters and other Non-Motorised road users  co-habit safely,” she said.

    A member of African Cycling Federation (ACF), Mr Dennis Kange, said that the rate of air pollution and road crashes in the state called for concern.

    He re-emphasised the need to create more awareness about the social and environmental benefits of Non-Motorized Transport modes.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA says the pilot phase of the use of Compressed Natural Gas C powered buses for passenger operations will soon begin on to Lekki and Ajah Epe routes LAMATA s Consultant Corporate Communication Mr Kolawole Ojelabi made this known in a statement on Monday in Lagos Ojelabi said that under the pilot phase 10 high occupancy vehicles would be deployed for the service The operation franchised to a bus operating company named Femadec will progressively increase the number of buses to 100 after data has proven the sustainability of the use of CNG LAMATA has over the years been involved in studies aimed at alternative fuel energy sources in transport operations The deployment of buses powered by CNG will provide useful data for future decision on wholesome wide use of such buses for passenger transit operations in Lagos CNG burns cleaner and reduces carbon monoxide by more than 80 per cent when compared to traditional petrol and diesel CNG powered vehicles also run quieter than gasoline and diesel vehicles which results in less noise pollution he said Ojelabi said the bus operating company would have its operational base at the Ajah Terminal He said that it would also make use of the bus shelters along the Lekki Epe corridor for its operation Ojelabi noted that the fare card Cowry would be used to pay for services on the buses NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CNG-powered buses for use on Marina-Ajah, Epe routes — LAMATA
     The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA says the pilot phase of the use of Compressed Natural Gas C powered buses for passenger operations will soon begin on to Lekki and Ajah Epe routes LAMATA s Consultant Corporate Communication Mr Kolawole Ojelabi made this known in a statement on Monday in Lagos Ojelabi said that under the pilot phase 10 high occupancy vehicles would be deployed for the service The operation franchised to a bus operating company named Femadec will progressively increase the number of buses to 100 after data has proven the sustainability of the use of CNG LAMATA has over the years been involved in studies aimed at alternative fuel energy sources in transport operations The deployment of buses powered by CNG will provide useful data for future decision on wholesome wide use of such buses for passenger transit operations in Lagos CNG burns cleaner and reduces carbon monoxide by more than 80 per cent when compared to traditional petrol and diesel CNG powered vehicles also run quieter than gasoline and diesel vehicles which results in less noise pollution he said Ojelabi said the bus operating company would have its operational base at the Ajah Terminal He said that it would also make use of the bus shelters along the Lekki Epe corridor for its operation Ojelabi noted that the fare card Cowry would be used to pay for services on the buses NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CNG-powered buses for use on Marina-Ajah, Epe routes — LAMATA
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    CNG-powered buses for use on Marina-Ajah, Epe routes — LAMATA

    The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) says the pilot phase of the use of Compressed Natural Gas (C powered buses for passenger operations will soon begin on to Lekki and Ajah-Epe routes.

    LAMATA’s Consultant, Corporate Communication, Mr Kolawole Ojelabi, made this known in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

    Ojelabi said that under the pilot phase, 10 high occupancy vehicles would be deployed for the service.

    “The operation, franchised to a bus operating company named Femadec, will progressively increase the number of buses to 100 after data has proven the sustainability of the use of CNG.

    “LAMATA has over the years been involved in studies aimed at alternative fuel energy sources in transport operations.

    “The deployment of buses powered by CNG will provide useful data for future decision on wholesome wide use of such buses for passenger transit operations in Lagos.

    “CNG burns cleaner and reduces carbon monoxide by more than 80 per cent when compared to traditional petrol and diesel.

    “CNG-powered vehicles also run quieter than gasoline and diesel vehicles, which results in less noise pollution,” he said.

    Ojelabi said the bus operating company would have its operational base at the Ajah Terminal.

    He said that it would also make use of the bus shelters along the Lekki-Epe corridor for its operation.

    Ojelabi noted that the fare card, Cowry, would be used to pay for services on the buses.


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  •   Transportation master plan ll make Lagos FDI paradise LAMATA L R Director of Rail LAMATA Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga MD of LAMATA Mrrs Abimbola Akinajo Director Administration and Human Resources NRC Dr Monsurat Omotayo MD NRC Mr Fidet Okhiria and Director Operations NRC Mr Niyi Alli during the handing over of three blocks of flats to NRC management to replace the NRC staff quarters acquired for the Lagos Rail Mass TransiThe Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA on Tuesday said that the state government s master plan on transportation would transform Lagos to a Foreign Direct Investment FDI paradise The Managing Director Mrs Abimbola Akinajo said this at the handing over of three blocks of flats to the Nigeria Railway Corporation NRC in Agege Lagos She said that the Lagos strategic transport master plan provides for six rail lines one monorail 14 Bus Rapid Transit routes and over 20 water terminals Akinajo assured Lagos residents that before long one of the proposed modes of transportation would get to their areas to cater to their mobility needs Akinajo said that Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu s administration was committed to using an integrated transportation system to drive the growth of Lagos The Lagos State Government as part of the negotiation for co sharing the NRC s rail track and building the infrastructure for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit LRMT Red Line rail project acquired the NRC staff quarters at Ikeja The Ikeja train station is currently being built with a promise to replace the staff quarters at another location close to their station The new staff quarters made up of three blocks containing 16 units of two bedroom flats and four units of one bedroom flats are located on Shiaba Street around the Babatunde Raji Fashola Train station at Agege she said The three blocks of flats handed over to NRC management to replace their staff quarters acquired for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line project The LAMATA boss said that the handing over of the building was indicative of the present administration s move to complete the Blue and Red line rail projects at the end of this year for operations to begin within the first quarter of 2023 She said that transportation was very essential to civilisation and a good integrated transportation system would give citizens more transport options for their mobility This is what this administration is committed to bequeathing to residents I appeal to residents to own the rail projects and ensure that the infrastructure are protected The Managing Director NRC Mr Fidet Okhiria thanked the Lagos State Government for keeping its promise to rebuild the acquired staff quarters at another location and close to NRC s facility He assured the government of NRC s continued cooperation and warned allottees not to sublet any part of the building or deface the aesthetics of the environment We thank the Lagos State Government for this privilege for letting us NRC and LAMATA leave this legacy LAMATA and NRC are one family we pursue the same goal which is to make transportation easy and make commerce within the environs boom Okhiria said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Transportation master plan’ll make Lagos FDI paradise — LAMATA
      Transportation master plan ll make Lagos FDI paradise LAMATA L R Director of Rail LAMATA Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga MD of LAMATA Mrrs Abimbola Akinajo Director Administration and Human Resources NRC Dr Monsurat Omotayo MD NRC Mr Fidet Okhiria and Director Operations NRC Mr Niyi Alli during the handing over of three blocks of flats to NRC management to replace the NRC staff quarters acquired for the Lagos Rail Mass TransiThe Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA on Tuesday said that the state government s master plan on transportation would transform Lagos to a Foreign Direct Investment FDI paradise The Managing Director Mrs Abimbola Akinajo said this at the handing over of three blocks of flats to the Nigeria Railway Corporation NRC in Agege Lagos She said that the Lagos strategic transport master plan provides for six rail lines one monorail 14 Bus Rapid Transit routes and over 20 water terminals Akinajo assured Lagos residents that before long one of the proposed modes of transportation would get to their areas to cater to their mobility needs Akinajo said that Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu s administration was committed to using an integrated transportation system to drive the growth of Lagos The Lagos State Government as part of the negotiation for co sharing the NRC s rail track and building the infrastructure for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit LRMT Red Line rail project acquired the NRC staff quarters at Ikeja The Ikeja train station is currently being built with a promise to replace the staff quarters at another location close to their station The new staff quarters made up of three blocks containing 16 units of two bedroom flats and four units of one bedroom flats are located on Shiaba Street around the Babatunde Raji Fashola Train station at Agege she said The three blocks of flats handed over to NRC management to replace their staff quarters acquired for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line project The LAMATA boss said that the handing over of the building was indicative of the present administration s move to complete the Blue and Red line rail projects at the end of this year for operations to begin within the first quarter of 2023 She said that transportation was very essential to civilisation and a good integrated transportation system would give citizens more transport options for their mobility This is what this administration is committed to bequeathing to residents I appeal to residents to own the rail projects and ensure that the infrastructure are protected The Managing Director NRC Mr Fidet Okhiria thanked the Lagos State Government for keeping its promise to rebuild the acquired staff quarters at another location and close to NRC s facility He assured the government of NRC s continued cooperation and warned allottees not to sublet any part of the building or deface the aesthetics of the environment We thank the Lagos State Government for this privilege for letting us NRC and LAMATA leave this legacy LAMATA and NRC are one family we pursue the same goal which is to make transportation easy and make commerce within the environs boom Okhiria said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Transportation master plan’ll make Lagos FDI paradise — LAMATA
    General news4 months ago

    Transportation master plan’ll make Lagos FDI paradise — LAMATA

    Transportation master plan’ll make Lagos FDI paradise — LAMATA L-R: Director of Rail, LAMATA, Mr. Olasunkanmi Okusaga; MD of LAMATA, Mrrs. Abimbola Akinajo; Director Administration and Human Resources, NRC, Dr. Monsurat Omotayo; MD NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria; and Director Operations, NRC, Mr. Niyi Alli, during the handing over of three blocks of flats to NRC management, to replace the NRC staff quarters acquired for the Lagos Rail Mass TransiThe Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) on Tuesday said that the state government’s master plan on transportation would transform Lagos to a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) paradise.

    The Managing Director, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, said  this at the handing over of three blocks of flats to the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in Agege, Lagos.

    She said that the Lagos strategic transport master plan provides for six rail lines, one monorail, 14 Bus Rapid Transit routes and over 20 water terminals.

    Akinajo assured Lagos residents that before long, one of the proposed modes of transportation would get to their areas to cater to their mobility needs.

    Akinajo said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration was committed to using an integrated transportation system to drive the growth of Lagos.

    “The Lagos State Government, as part of the negotiation for co-sharing the NRC’s rail track and building the infrastructure for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line rail project, acquired the NRC staff quarters at Ikeja.

    “The Ikeja train station is currently being built, with a promise to replace the staff quarters at another location close to their station.

    “The new staff quarters made up of three blocks containing 16 units of two-bedroom flats and four units of one-bedroom flats are located on Shiaba Street around the Babatunde Raji Fashola Train station at Agege,” she said.

    The three blocks of flats handed over to NRC management, to replace their staff quarters acquired for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line projectThe LAMATA boss said that the handing over of the building was indicative of the present administration’s move to complete the Blue and Red line rail projects at the end of this year, for operations to begin within the first quarter of 2023.She said that transportation was very essential to civilisation, and a good integrated transportation system would give citizens more transport options for their mobility.

    “This is what this administration is committed to bequeathing to residents.

    “I appeal to residents to own the rail projects and ensure that the infrastructure are protected.

    The Managing Director, NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, thanked the Lagos State Government for keeping its promise to rebuild the acquired staff quarters at another location and close to NRC’s facility.

    He assured the government of NRC’s continued cooperation and warned allottees not to sublet any part of the building or deface the aesthetics of the environment. 

    “We thank the Lagos State Government for this privilege, for letting us (NRC) and LAMATA leave this legacy.

    ”” LAMATA and NRC are one family, we pursue the same goal, which is to make transportation easy and make commerce within the environs boom,” Okhiria said.


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  •  Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State has approved a flat rate increase by N100 in bus fares for all Bus Rapid Transit BRT and Standard Routes with effect from July 13 The Assistant Director Corporate Communication Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mr Kolawole Ojelabi confirmed this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday Sanwo Olu said the increase was to sustain the operations of regulated bus services in Lagos state The increase which will come into effect on July 13 is aimed at ensuring sustainability of the BRT and standard route schemes These measures are indispensable in the current global economic and environmental reality to ensure the sustainability of the BRI operation With the increase a bus ride from Ikorodu TBS will now cost N600 from N500 while Berger to Ajah is now N700 up from N600 Oshodi to Abule Egba will cost N450 from N350 and Abule Egba CMS Obalende will attract a fare of N600 Ojelabi said the operations of the transport scheme of late had been hampered due to rising cost of inputs required for sustainable service delivery He noted that this was also due to the attendant high number of buses out of operation as a result of lack of spare parts The BRT official offered an explanation that for instance the exponential increase in the pump price of diesel from N187 to N830 between August 2020 and June 2022 According to him this has greatly affected optimal performance of the bus operating companies leading to the withdrawal of buses from operation and longer waiting time at bus stations Ojelabi noted that the governor in consenting to the fare increase also approved a proposal for a bail out for the bus operating companies He added that this was to cushion the effects of the harsh operating environment and safeguard private partnership investment and forestall the demise of formalised bus operations in the state The BRT official said In view of the economic situation the government is also providing support for the Bus Operating Companies in view of the continuous increase in fuel price This is to ensure that the increase to the passenger is kept to a minimum The fare increase notwithstanding Government noted that whatever support this will provide to the operators it will still not cover the cost of fueling thus likely to put the continued survival of the bus operations on a tight rein Ojelabi said the governor also approved the appeal by LAMATA for the conversion of the current diesel buses in operation to the use of compressed natural gas CNG He added that this was a shift to different economically viable and environmentally friendly mobility energy solution adding that they were cost efficient NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanwo-Olu approves increase in BRT fare by N100 from July 13
     Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State has approved a flat rate increase by N100 in bus fares for all Bus Rapid Transit BRT and Standard Routes with effect from July 13 The Assistant Director Corporate Communication Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mr Kolawole Ojelabi confirmed this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday Sanwo Olu said the increase was to sustain the operations of regulated bus services in Lagos state The increase which will come into effect on July 13 is aimed at ensuring sustainability of the BRT and standard route schemes These measures are indispensable in the current global economic and environmental reality to ensure the sustainability of the BRI operation With the increase a bus ride from Ikorodu TBS will now cost N600 from N500 while Berger to Ajah is now N700 up from N600 Oshodi to Abule Egba will cost N450 from N350 and Abule Egba CMS Obalende will attract a fare of N600 Ojelabi said the operations of the transport scheme of late had been hampered due to rising cost of inputs required for sustainable service delivery He noted that this was also due to the attendant high number of buses out of operation as a result of lack of spare parts The BRT official offered an explanation that for instance the exponential increase in the pump price of diesel from N187 to N830 between August 2020 and June 2022 According to him this has greatly affected optimal performance of the bus operating companies leading to the withdrawal of buses from operation and longer waiting time at bus stations Ojelabi noted that the governor in consenting to the fare increase also approved a proposal for a bail out for the bus operating companies He added that this was to cushion the effects of the harsh operating environment and safeguard private partnership investment and forestall the demise of formalised bus operations in the state The BRT official said In view of the economic situation the government is also providing support for the Bus Operating Companies in view of the continuous increase in fuel price This is to ensure that the increase to the passenger is kept to a minimum The fare increase notwithstanding Government noted that whatever support this will provide to the operators it will still not cover the cost of fueling thus likely to put the continued survival of the bus operations on a tight rein Ojelabi said the governor also approved the appeal by LAMATA for the conversion of the current diesel buses in operation to the use of compressed natural gas CNG He added that this was a shift to different economically viable and environmentally friendly mobility energy solution adding that they were cost efficient NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanwo-Olu approves increase in BRT fare by N100 from July 13
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    Sanwo-Olu approves increase in BRT fare by N100 from July 13

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has approved a flat rate increase by N100 in bus fares for all Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Standard Routes with effect from July 13.The Assistant Director, Corporate Communication, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mr Kolawole Ojelabi confirmed this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.Sanwo-Olu said  the increase was to sustain the operations of regulated bus services in Lagos state.“The increase, which will come into effect on July 13, is aimed at ensuring sustainability of the BRT and standard route schemes.“These measures are indispensable in the current global economic and environmental reality to ensure the sustainability of the BRI operation.“With the increase, a bus ride from Ikorodu – TBS will now cost N600 from N500 while Berger to Ajah is now N700, up from N600.“Oshodi to Abule Egba will cost N450 from N350 and Abule-Egba-CMS-Obalende will attract a fare of N600.”Ojelabi said the operations of the transport scheme, of late, had been hampered due to rising cost of inputs required for sustainable service delivery.He noted that this was also due to the attendant high number of buses out of operation as a result of lack of spare parts.The BRT official offered an explanation that for instance, the exponential increase in the pump price of diesel from N187 to N830 between August 2020 and June 2022.According to him, this  has greatly affected optimal performance of the bus operating companies leading to the withdrawal of buses from operation and longer waiting time at bus stations.Ojelabi noted that the governor in consenting to the fare increase,  also approved a proposal for a bail out for the bus operating companies.He added that this was to cushion the effects of the harsh operating environment and safeguard private partnership investment and forestall the demise of formalised bus operations in the state.The BRT official said: “In view of the economic situation, the government is also providing support for the Bus Operating Companies in view of the continuous increase in fuel price.“This is to ensure that the increase to the passenger is kept to a minimum. The fare increase notwithstanding.“Government noted that whatever support this will  provide to the operators, it will  still not cover the cost of fueling, thus likely to put the continued survival of the bus operations on a tight rein.”Ojelabi said the governor also approved the appeal by LAMATA for the conversion of the current diesel buses in operation to the use of compressed natural gas (CNG).He added that this was a shift to different economically viable and environmentally friendly mobility energy solution, adding that they were cost efficient.

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  •   By Florence Onuegbu The Lagos state government announced Thursday that it has started work on the project for the red line of the Lagos railway network between Agbado and Marina The Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu revealed this during the launching ceremony of a 37 km railway line in Ikeja on Thursday Sanwo Olu said the project will be implemented in two phases We expect the Red Line to move its first passenger in the fourth quarter of 2022 In addition we are simultaneously working to bring the first phase of our blue line to passenger operations predicting that it will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2022 he said He said the construction of the infrastructure for the standard gauge red line would share the tracks with the Lagos Ibadan railway modernization projects by the federal government The governor said the red line would have 12 stations on offer and the first phase would cover Agbado to Oyingbo with nine stations According to him three of the stations will be built as part of the plans to modernize the Lagos Ibadan railway by the federal government in Agbado Agege and Ebute Metta Junction The other six would be built as independent stations in Iju Ikeja Oshodi Mushin Yaba and Oyingbo Phase two which would be mainly elevated would have stations at Iddo and Ebute Ero before ending at Marina he said Sanwo Olu said that some of the unique features of the red line were its integration with the Ikeja bus terminal Oshodi Abule Egba Bus Rapid Transit the future orange line which would run from Ikeja to Agbowa and the Aviation Terminal 1 of Murtala Muhammed International Airport by a walkway This particular station which has been aptly named Ikeja Train Center also has park and ride facilities and commercial spaces In addition Oshodi station will integrate with Oshodi bus terminal and provide adequate parking and commuting services and commercial spaces he said The governor said that another unique feature of the Red Line was that all stations had raised lobbies with either island level or side platforms to facilitate boarding and disembarking of passengers He said the red line will also integrate with bus terminals in Oyingbo Yaba Oshodi Ikeja and Iju providing modal options for people in their daily commute whether for business or leisure According to him the government s desire is to improve connectivity between modes of transport which makes travel within Lagos easy as well as in a professional manner for every resident and visitor It will also help reduce traffic congestion have predictable travel times and improve the state s GDP The implementation of the red line project has become very high due to the financing plan put in place for it by the state government through the Bank s differentiated cash reserve requirements DCRR program Central Nigeria CBN This arrangement demonstrates the ability of our Central Bank to support economically and socially viable projects We are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of the Central Bank Dr Godwin Emefiele for the invaluable assistance given to the government and people of Lagos State We can only assure you that the fundraising program will be used wisely he said Ms Abimbola Akinajo Director General of the Lagos Metropolitan Region Transport Authority LAMATA said the project is part of the state s Strategic Transportation Master Plan STMP 2032 Akinajo said the first phase of the Red Line project would be a 28 km railway from Agbado to Oyingbo in the Ebute Metta region Akinajo said the rail line needed to carry 500 000 passengers per day for the first phase and that once the second phase was implemented it would shuttle one million passengers per day NOPE NAN
    Lagos begins construction of the Agbado to Marina railway line
      By Florence Onuegbu The Lagos state government announced Thursday that it has started work on the project for the red line of the Lagos railway network between Agbado and Marina The Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu revealed this during the launching ceremony of a 37 km railway line in Ikeja on Thursday Sanwo Olu said the project will be implemented in two phases We expect the Red Line to move its first passenger in the fourth quarter of 2022 In addition we are simultaneously working to bring the first phase of our blue line to passenger operations predicting that it will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2022 he said He said the construction of the infrastructure for the standard gauge red line would share the tracks with the Lagos Ibadan railway modernization projects by the federal government The governor said the red line would have 12 stations on offer and the first phase would cover Agbado to Oyingbo with nine stations According to him three of the stations will be built as part of the plans to modernize the Lagos Ibadan railway by the federal government in Agbado Agege and Ebute Metta Junction The other six would be built as independent stations in Iju Ikeja Oshodi Mushin Yaba and Oyingbo Phase two which would be mainly elevated would have stations at Iddo and Ebute Ero before ending at Marina he said Sanwo Olu said that some of the unique features of the red line were its integration with the Ikeja bus terminal Oshodi Abule Egba Bus Rapid Transit the future orange line which would run from Ikeja to Agbowa and the Aviation Terminal 1 of Murtala Muhammed International Airport by a walkway This particular station which has been aptly named Ikeja Train Center also has park and ride facilities and commercial spaces In addition Oshodi station will integrate with Oshodi bus terminal and provide adequate parking and commuting services and commercial spaces he said The governor said that another unique feature of the Red Line was that all stations had raised lobbies with either island level or side platforms to facilitate boarding and disembarking of passengers He said the red line will also integrate with bus terminals in Oyingbo Yaba Oshodi Ikeja and Iju providing modal options for people in their daily commute whether for business or leisure According to him the government s desire is to improve connectivity between modes of transport which makes travel within Lagos easy as well as in a professional manner for every resident and visitor It will also help reduce traffic congestion have predictable travel times and improve the state s GDP The implementation of the red line project has become very high due to the financing plan put in place for it by the state government through the Bank s differentiated cash reserve requirements DCRR program Central Nigeria CBN This arrangement demonstrates the ability of our Central Bank to support economically and socially viable projects We are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of the Central Bank Dr Godwin Emefiele for the invaluable assistance given to the government and people of Lagos State We can only assure you that the fundraising program will be used wisely he said Ms Abimbola Akinajo Director General of the Lagos Metropolitan Region Transport Authority LAMATA said the project is part of the state s Strategic Transportation Master Plan STMP 2032 Akinajo said the first phase of the Red Line project would be a 28 km railway from Agbado to Oyingbo in the Ebute Metta region Akinajo said the rail line needed to carry 500 000 passengers per day for the first phase and that once the second phase was implemented it would shuttle one million passengers per day NOPE NAN
    Lagos begins construction of the Agbado to Marina railway line
    General news2 years ago

    Lagos begins construction of the Agbado to Marina railway line

    By Florence Onuegbu

    The Lagos state government announced Thursday that it has started work on the project for the red line of the Lagos railway network between Agbado and Marina.

    The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealed this during the launching ceremony of a 37 km railway line in Ikeja on Thursday.

    Sanwo-Olu said the project will be implemented in two phases.

    “We expect the Red Line to move its first passenger in the fourth quarter of 2022.

    “In addition, we are simultaneously working to bring the first phase of our blue line to passenger operations, predicting that it will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2022,” he said.

    He said the construction of the infrastructure for the standard gauge red line would share the tracks with the Lagos-Ibadan railway modernization projects by the federal government.

    The governor said the red line would have 12 stations on offer and the first phase would cover Agbado to Oyingbo, with nine stations.

    According to him, three of the stations will be built as part of the plans to modernize the Lagos-Ibadan railway by the federal government in Agbado, Agege and Ebute Metta Junction.

    “The other six would be built as independent stations in Iju, Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin Yaba and Oyingbo.

    “Phase two which would be mainly elevated would have stations at Iddo and Ebute-Ero before ending at Marina,” he said.

    Sanwo-Olu said that some of the unique features of the red line were its integration with the Ikeja bus terminal, Oshodi - Abule-Egba Bus Rapid Transit, the future orange line, which would run from Ikeja to Agbowa, and the Aviation Terminal 1 of Murtala Muhammed International Airport by a walkway.

    “This particular station which has been aptly named Ikeja Train Center also has park-and-ride facilities and commercial spaces.

    “In addition, Oshodi station will integrate with Oshodi bus terminal and provide adequate parking and commuting services and commercial spaces,” he said.

    The governor said that another unique feature of the Red Line was that all stations had raised lobbies with either island level or side platforms to facilitate boarding and disembarking of passengers.

    He said the red line will also integrate with bus terminals in Oyingbo, Yaba, Oshodi, Ikeja and Iju, providing modal options for people in their daily commute, whether for business or leisure.

    According to him, the government's desire is to improve connectivity between modes of transport, which makes travel within Lagos easy, as well as in a professional manner for every resident and visitor.

    “It will also help reduce traffic congestion, have predictable travel times and improve the state's GDP.

    "The implementation of the red line project has become very high due to the financing plan put in place for it by the state government through the Bank's differentiated cash reserve requirements (DCRR) program. Central Nigeria (CBN).

    “This arrangement demonstrates the ability of our Central Bank to support economically and socially viable projects.

    “We are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr Godwin Emefiele, for the invaluable assistance given to the government and people of Lagos State.

    “We can only assure you that the fundraising program will be used wisely,” he said.

    Ms Abimbola Akinajo, Director General of the Lagos Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (LAMATA), said the project is part of the state's Strategic Transportation Master Plan (STMP) 2032.

    Akinajo said the first phase of the Red Line project would be a 28 km railway from Agbado to Oyingbo, in the Ebute Metta region.

    Akinajo said the rail line needed to carry 500,000 passengers per day for the first phase and that once the second phase was implemented it would shuttle one million passengers per day. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

  •   The Lagos State Government has announced a six week partial closure of the service lane inbound Maryland from the end of Gani Fawehinmi Park to the end of the 2nd pedestrian bridge Ojota from Tuesday The state Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde in a statement on Monday in Lagos said that the step was part of the ongoing reconstruction of Ikorodu Road Oladeinde said that the partial closure was to allow the contractor handling the stretch of the project from Ojota to Maryland bound to continue with the next phase of the construction The commissioner said By the new arrangement motorists coming from Ikeja axis are advised to use 7UP road through Billings way to link Oregun Kudirat Abiola Way inbound Ikorodu road by Ojota bus stop Traffic inward Ojota Bus stop Maryland from the Ibadan Lagos Expressway could either proceed to Oworonshoki Gbagada or descend the loop by Abiola Garden to connect Ikorodu road inbound Ketu and ascend the loop back to the Lagos Ibadan Expressway through the loop beside LAMATA Office to access Ikorodu road to Ojota He assured that adequate road signs had been provided to guide motorists movement According to him the state government effort is aimed at ensuring thorough repair works within the stipulated time of the construction works Oladeinde added that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA would be fully on ground towards ensuring smooth and steady traffic flow Motorists plying the corridor are advised to endure any likely inconvenience The project is aimed at finding a lasting solution to traffic congestion on that axis in line with efficient traffic management and transportation policy of the state government he said Edited By Nkiru Ifeajuna Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    Ikorodu road rehabilitation: Lagos govt closes Ojota-Maryland service lane for 6 weeks
      The Lagos State Government has announced a six week partial closure of the service lane inbound Maryland from the end of Gani Fawehinmi Park to the end of the 2nd pedestrian bridge Ojota from Tuesday The state Commissioner for Transportation Dr Frederic Oladeinde in a statement on Monday in Lagos said that the step was part of the ongoing reconstruction of Ikorodu Road Oladeinde said that the partial closure was to allow the contractor handling the stretch of the project from Ojota to Maryland bound to continue with the next phase of the construction The commissioner said By the new arrangement motorists coming from Ikeja axis are advised to use 7UP road through Billings way to link Oregun Kudirat Abiola Way inbound Ikorodu road by Ojota bus stop Traffic inward Ojota Bus stop Maryland from the Ibadan Lagos Expressway could either proceed to Oworonshoki Gbagada or descend the loop by Abiola Garden to connect Ikorodu road inbound Ketu and ascend the loop back to the Lagos Ibadan Expressway through the loop beside LAMATA Office to access Ikorodu road to Ojota He assured that adequate road signs had been provided to guide motorists movement According to him the state government effort is aimed at ensuring thorough repair works within the stipulated time of the construction works Oladeinde added that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA would be fully on ground towards ensuring smooth and steady traffic flow Motorists plying the corridor are advised to endure any likely inconvenience The project is aimed at finding a lasting solution to traffic congestion on that axis in line with efficient traffic management and transportation policy of the state government he said Edited By Nkiru Ifeajuna Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    Ikorodu road rehabilitation: Lagos govt closes Ojota-Maryland service lane for 6 weeks
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    Ikorodu road rehabilitation: Lagos govt closes Ojota-Maryland service lane for 6 weeks

    The Lagos State Government has announced a six-week partial closure of the service lane inbound Maryland from the end of Gani Fawehinmi Park to the end of the 2nd pedestrian bridge, Ojota from Tuesday.

    The state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, in a statement on Monday in Lagos said that the step was part of the ongoing reconstruction of Ikorodu Road.

    Oladeinde said that the partial closure was to allow the contractor handling the stretch of the project from Ojota to Maryland bound to continue with the next phase of the construction.

    The commissioner said: “By the new arrangement, motorists coming from Ikeja axis are advised to use 7UP road through Billings way to link Oregun/Kudirat Abiola Way inbound Ikorodu road by Ojota bus stop.

    “Traffic inward Ojota Bus stop/Maryland from the Ibadan-Lagos Expressway could either proceed to Oworonshoki/Gbagada or descend the loop by Abiola Garden to connect Ikorodu road (inbound Ketu), and ascend the loop back to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway through the loop beside LAMATA Office to access Ikorodu road to Ojota.”

    He assured that adequate road signs had been provided to guide motorists movement.

    According to him, the state government effort is aimed at ensuring thorough repair works within the stipulated time of the construction works.

    Oladeinde added that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) would be fully on ground towards ensuring smooth and steady traffic flow.

    “Motorists plying the corridor are advised to endure any likely inconvenience.

    “The project is aimed at finding a lasting solution to traffic congestion on that axis in line with efficient traffic management and transportation policy of the state government,” he said.


    Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Wale Ojetimi
    Source: NAN

  •   Lagos State Government says it will construct four vehicular overpasses to ensure less interaction with vehicular traffic between Oyingbo and Agbado for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit LRMT Red Line rail project Managing Director Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Abimbola Akinajo said this in a statement on Friday during the public consultation and stakeholders meeting held in Mushin Lagos Akinajo said that the three additional pedestrian bridges would be constructed to hedge pedestrians against exposure to the danger of crossing the rail line Akinajo who was represented at the meeting by her Director of Rail Transport Olasunkanmi Okusaga said that the overpasses would be built at Oyingbo Yaba Mushin and Ikeja where existing level crosses would be closed These overpasses will also cater to pedestrian traffic while we will construct pedestrian bridges across the rail in three other locations The state government had been striving hard to have a rail line over the last three decades This is the best opportunity for us to have one running Lagos is a state with a population of over 21 million We need a transport system that will move the people en masse We project that the first phase of the Red Line will move about 750 000 passengers daily That will have significant effect in reducing congestion on our roads Akinajo said She described the project as one that all Lagos residents and Nigerians would be proud of and therefore sought the cooperation of the people for a timely and successful completion of the rail project Akinajo said that all residents would be proud of the project because in the long run it would change their travel experience and grant them easy access to transport services job centres and social facilities According to the LAMATA boss the project is expected to be completed in 24 months and solicited residents support to take responsibility for its quick completion An environmental and safety management consultant Babatunde Osho said that enumerators would soon carry out enumeration of project Osho explained that both house owners and tenants would be compensated and urged stakeholders to cooperate with Lagos State Government and work towards completion of the project Rasaq Ajala Chairman Odi Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area represented by Akin Daramola the Council Secretary pledged support for the rail project assuring that the council would ensure all stakeholders buy in Director of Rail Transport Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga while addressing the stakeholders at Mushin Local Government in Lagos on Friday Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    LASG to build 4 vehicular overpasses
      Lagos State Government says it will construct four vehicular overpasses to ensure less interaction with vehicular traffic between Oyingbo and Agbado for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit LRMT Red Line rail project Managing Director Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Abimbola Akinajo said this in a statement on Friday during the public consultation and stakeholders meeting held in Mushin Lagos Akinajo said that the three additional pedestrian bridges would be constructed to hedge pedestrians against exposure to the danger of crossing the rail line Akinajo who was represented at the meeting by her Director of Rail Transport Olasunkanmi Okusaga said that the overpasses would be built at Oyingbo Yaba Mushin and Ikeja where existing level crosses would be closed These overpasses will also cater to pedestrian traffic while we will construct pedestrian bridges across the rail in three other locations The state government had been striving hard to have a rail line over the last three decades This is the best opportunity for us to have one running Lagos is a state with a population of over 21 million We need a transport system that will move the people en masse We project that the first phase of the Red Line will move about 750 000 passengers daily That will have significant effect in reducing congestion on our roads Akinajo said She described the project as one that all Lagos residents and Nigerians would be proud of and therefore sought the cooperation of the people for a timely and successful completion of the rail project Akinajo said that all residents would be proud of the project because in the long run it would change their travel experience and grant them easy access to transport services job centres and social facilities According to the LAMATA boss the project is expected to be completed in 24 months and solicited residents support to take responsibility for its quick completion An environmental and safety management consultant Babatunde Osho said that enumerators would soon carry out enumeration of project Osho explained that both house owners and tenants would be compensated and urged stakeholders to cooperate with Lagos State Government and work towards completion of the project Rasaq Ajala Chairman Odi Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area represented by Akin Daramola the Council Secretary pledged support for the rail project assuring that the council would ensure all stakeholders buy in Director of Rail Transport Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga while addressing the stakeholders at Mushin Local Government in Lagos on Friday Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    LASG to build 4 vehicular overpasses
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    LASG to build 4 vehicular overpasses

    Lagos State Government says it will construct four vehicular overpasses to ensure less interaction with vehicular traffic between Oyingbo and Agbado for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) – Red Line rail project.

    Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Abimbola Akinajo, said this in a statement on Friday during the public consultation and stakeholders’ meeting held in Mushin, Lagos.

    Akinajo said that the three additional pedestrian bridges would be constructed to hedge pedestrians against exposure to the danger of crossing the rail line.

    Akinajo, who was represented at the meeting by her Director of Rail Transport, Olasunkanmi Okusaga, said that the “overpasses would be built at Oyingbo, Yaba, Mushin and Ikeja where existing level crosses would be closed.

    “These overpasses will also cater to pedestrian traffic while we will construct pedestrian bridges across the rail in three other locations.

    “The state government had been striving hard to have a rail line over the last three decades.

     “This is the best opportunity for us to have one running. Lagos is a state with a population of over 21 million.

    “We need a transport system that will move the people en-masse. We project that the first phase of the Red Line will move about 750,000 passengers daily.

    ” That will have significant effect in reducing congestion on our roads,”Akinajo said.

    She described the project as one that all Lagos residents and Nigerians would be proud of and therefore sought the cooperation of the people for a timely and successful completion of the rail project.

    Akinajo said that all residents would be proud of the project because in the long run, it would change their travel experience and grant them easy access to transport services, job centres and social facilities.

    According to the LAMATA boss, the project is expected to be completed in 24 months and solicited residents’ support to take responsibility for its quick completion.

    An environmental and safety management consultant, Babatunde Osho, said that enumerators would soon carry out enumeration of project.

    Osho explained that both house owners and tenants would be compensated and urged stakeholders to cooperate with Lagos State Government and work towards completion of the project.

    Rasaq Ajala, Chairman, Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area, represented by Akin Daramola, the Council Secretary, pledged support for the rail project, assuring that the council would ensure all stakeholders’ buy-in.

     Director of Rail Transport, Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga, while addressing the stakeholders at Mushin Local Government in Lagos on Friday.


    Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
    Source: NAN

  •   The Lagos State Government has commenced stakeholders engagement with community leaders in Lagos Mainland on the proposed Lagos Mass Transit LMT Red Line rail project The Managing Director Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mrs Abimbola Akinajo made this known during the Public Consultation forum on the LMT Red Line and Associated Infrastructure Projects held in Lagos on Tuesday Akinajo who was represented by Director Rail Transportation of LAMATA Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga said there was need for proper enlightenment before the construction began to avoid misunderstanding among the residents She noted that the federal government had accepted the state government s request to join the Red Line rail with the Lagos Ibadan standard gauge rail line She added that the forum was to consult the residents whom the construction might affect diring the construction exercise The LAMATA boss said the Red Line was one of the seven rail lines identified in the state s Strategic Transport Master Plan for the mass movement of commuters aimed at reducing road congestion in the state She stressed the importance of the 24 kilometre stretch between Oyingbo and Agbado adding that it represents the first phase of the 37 kilometre rail project Akinajo added that the railway was one of the effective ways through which cities dealt with traffic congestion The Red Line is supposed to be a quick win because it will share tracks with the Nigerian Railway Corporation on its Lagos Ibadan rail corridor There will be no delay no budget or cost overrun and there will not be any shift in delivery date and the rail will carry at least 730 passengers on daily basis she said Akinajo said that the construction mighty affect some structures around Apapa Road on Lagos Mainland while the contractors had concluded arrangements to use the walkways along Muritala Road at Ebute Meta She said the state government had made adequate provisions for those residents that might be affected around mainland including the shops owners Akinajo said that the state government had also launched E ticketing which could be used to board ferry Lagos buses as well as the rail as obtainable in the developed country The Chairman Lagos Mainland Local Government Mrs Omolola Essien had pleaded with the community leaders in the area to support the government to achieve the rail projects in the state Essien who was represented by the Vice Chairman Lagos Mainland Local Government Mr Jubril Emilagba urged LAMATA to engage the local government and the community to avoid inconveniences The High Chief Eletu of Otto Mr Samsideen Pedro urged the government to be sincere with the compensation Pedro said his family house was affected by the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit BRT System terminal at Oyingbo and they were yet to be compensated He also asked LAMATA to consider their children for employment at the end of the construction exercise A Supervisor at Mainland Local Government Alhaji Afeez Danmola urged the management of LAMATA to interpret crossing instructions into local languages to avoid accidents The council secretary Mr Wasiu Oguniyi appealed to the agency to engage some of their residents who were qualified artisans during construction Edited By Abigael Joshua Wale Ojetimi Source NANL R Lagos Mainland Local Government Council Secretary Mr Wasiu Oguniyi Director Rail Transportation of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga and the Vice Chairman Lagos Mainland Local Government Alhaji Jubril Emilagba during the Public Consultation and Stakeholders Engagement on the Lagos Mass Transit LMT Red Line and Associated Infrastructure Projects held in Lagos on Tuesday
    LASG seeks community leaders’ collaboration on LMT Red Line rail
      The Lagos State Government has commenced stakeholders engagement with community leaders in Lagos Mainland on the proposed Lagos Mass Transit LMT Red Line rail project The Managing Director Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mrs Abimbola Akinajo made this known during the Public Consultation forum on the LMT Red Line and Associated Infrastructure Projects held in Lagos on Tuesday Akinajo who was represented by Director Rail Transportation of LAMATA Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga said there was need for proper enlightenment before the construction began to avoid misunderstanding among the residents She noted that the federal government had accepted the state government s request to join the Red Line rail with the Lagos Ibadan standard gauge rail line She added that the forum was to consult the residents whom the construction might affect diring the construction exercise The LAMATA boss said the Red Line was one of the seven rail lines identified in the state s Strategic Transport Master Plan for the mass movement of commuters aimed at reducing road congestion in the state She stressed the importance of the 24 kilometre stretch between Oyingbo and Agbado adding that it represents the first phase of the 37 kilometre rail project Akinajo added that the railway was one of the effective ways through which cities dealt with traffic congestion The Red Line is supposed to be a quick win because it will share tracks with the Nigerian Railway Corporation on its Lagos Ibadan rail corridor There will be no delay no budget or cost overrun and there will not be any shift in delivery date and the rail will carry at least 730 passengers on daily basis she said Akinajo said that the construction mighty affect some structures around Apapa Road on Lagos Mainland while the contractors had concluded arrangements to use the walkways along Muritala Road at Ebute Meta She said the state government had made adequate provisions for those residents that might be affected around mainland including the shops owners Akinajo said that the state government had also launched E ticketing which could be used to board ferry Lagos buses as well as the rail as obtainable in the developed country The Chairman Lagos Mainland Local Government Mrs Omolola Essien had pleaded with the community leaders in the area to support the government to achieve the rail projects in the state Essien who was represented by the Vice Chairman Lagos Mainland Local Government Mr Jubril Emilagba urged LAMATA to engage the local government and the community to avoid inconveniences The High Chief Eletu of Otto Mr Samsideen Pedro urged the government to be sincere with the compensation Pedro said his family house was affected by the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit BRT System terminal at Oyingbo and they were yet to be compensated He also asked LAMATA to consider their children for employment at the end of the construction exercise A Supervisor at Mainland Local Government Alhaji Afeez Danmola urged the management of LAMATA to interpret crossing instructions into local languages to avoid accidents The council secretary Mr Wasiu Oguniyi appealed to the agency to engage some of their residents who were qualified artisans during construction Edited By Abigael Joshua Wale Ojetimi Source NANL R Lagos Mainland Local Government Council Secretary Mr Wasiu Oguniyi Director Rail Transportation of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga and the Vice Chairman Lagos Mainland Local Government Alhaji Jubril Emilagba during the Public Consultation and Stakeholders Engagement on the Lagos Mass Transit LMT Red Line and Associated Infrastructure Projects held in Lagos on Tuesday
    LASG seeks community leaders’ collaboration on LMT Red Line rail
    Metro2 years ago

    LASG seeks community leaders’ collaboration on LMT Red Line rail

    The Lagos State Government has commenced stakeholders engagement with community leaders in Lagos Mainland on the proposed Lagos Mass Transit (LMT) Red Line rail project.

    The Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, made this known during the Public Consultation forum on the LMT Red Line and Associated Infrastructure Projects held in Lagos on Tuesday.

    Akinajo who was represented by Director, Rail Transportation of LAMATA, Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga, said there was need for proper enlightenment before the construction began to avoid misunderstanding among the residents.

    She noted that the federal government had accepted the state government’s request to join the Red Line rail with the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.

    She added that the forum was to consult the residents whom the construction might affect diring the construction exercise.

    The LAMATA boss said the Red Line was one of the seven rail lines identified in the state’s Strategic Transport Master Plan for the mass movement of commuters aimed at reducing road congestion in the state.

    She stressed the importance of the 24-kilometre stretch between Oyingbo and Agbado, adding that it represents the first phase of the 37-kilometre rail project.

    Akinajo added that the railway was one of the effective ways through which cities dealt with traffic congestion.

    “The Red Line is supposed to be a quick win because it will share tracks with the Nigerian Railway Corporation on its Lagos – Ibadan rail corridor.

    “There will be no delay, no budget or cost overrun and there will not be any shift in delivery date and the rail will carry at least 730 passengers on daily basis,’’ she said.

    Akinajo said that the construction mighty affect some structures around Apapa Road on Lagos Mainland, while the contractors had concluded arrangements to use the walkways along Muritala Road at Ebute-Meta.

    She said the state government had made adequate provisions for those residents that might be affected around mainland, including the shops owners.

    Akinajo said that the state government had also launched E-ticketing which could be used to board ferry, Lagos buses as well as the rail as obtainable in the developed country.

    The Chairman, Lagos Mainland Local Government, Mrs Omolola Essien, had pleaded with the community leaders in the area to support the government to achieve the rail projects in the state.

    Essien, who was represented by the Vice Chairman, Lagos Mainland Local Government, Mr Jubril Emilagba, urged LAMATA to engage the local government and the community to avoid inconveniences.

    The High Chief, Eletu of Otto, Mr Samsideen Pedro, urged the government to be sincere with the compensation.

    Pedro said his family house was affected by the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System terminal at Oyingbo and they were yet to be compensated.

    He also asked LAMATA to consider their children for employment at the end of the construction exercise.

    A Supervisor at Mainland Local Government, Alhaji Afeez Danmola, urged the management of LAMATA to interpret crossing instructions into local languages to avoid accidents.

    The council secretary, Mr Wasiu Oguniyi, appealed to the agency to engage some of their residents who were qualified artisans during construction.


    Edited By: Abigael Joshua/Wale Ojetimi
    Source: NAN

    L-R: Lagos Mainland Local Government Council Secretary, Mr Wasiu Oguniyi, Director, Rail Transportation of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority LAMATA, Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga and the Vice Chairman, Lagos Mainland Local Government, Alhaji Jubril Emilagba, during the Public Consultation and Stakeholders Engagement on the Lagos Mass Transit (LMT) Red Line and Associated Infrastructure Projects held in Lagos on Tuesday.

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