Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos said on Sunday that his administration was making more investment in critical infrastructure to further aid and bolster the state’s economy.
Sanwo-Olu spoke at the commissioning of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line Oyingbo Overpass Bridge built by the state government to ensure the safety of lives and uninterrupted flow of vehicular traffic at level crossings along the Red Line.
Sanwo-Olu was accompanied to the commissioning by Governor Abiodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State.
According to him, the Oyingbo Overpass Bridge is the second of the four that have been constructed to guarantee the safety of lives and aid free traffic flow at the Red Line. He assured that with the overpass bridges, the state government was “providing a permanent solution to the avoidable fatal accidents often recorded at railway crossings.”
“About three days ago, I commissioned the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line Yaba Overpass Bridge. That bridge is already serving the intended purpose with significant improvement of traffic flow around Yaba. We are also opening the LRMT Red Line Oyingbo Overpass Bridge here in Oyingbo, famous for being a thriving centre of commerce.”
Sanwo-Olu said considering the importance of “Oyingbo as a major link between the mainland and the island, we are investing so much in the provision of transport infrastructure that will support commerce and enhance ease of movement.
“Part of the infrastructure is the Yaba Bus Terminal, which, unfortunately, was torched by arsonists alongside over 50 new high-capacity buses during the EndSARS protest.
“Today (Sunday) we have risen from the ashes of those
dark days as we forge ahead in the development of our transport infrastructure.
“Here in Oyingbo; we also have the Oyingbo train station of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line. The siting of these infrastructure in this area is strategic and intentional to achieve a seamless integrated intermodal transport system for the people,” he said.
On his part, Governor Oyebanji, who was the special guest, praised Sanwo-Olu’s effort at making Lagos a model city-state.
Oyebanji urged Lagos, residents, to cherish the progressive path set by Sanwo-Olu in project execution. He equally urged the people to guard the project, warning against the reversal of the good works being done by the state government.
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Abimbola Akinajo, managing director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), said that the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line Oyingbo Overpass Bridge was important to move traffic into other parts of the mainland and island Lagos.