Lagosians Grumble over Lagos Light Rail Project

Lagosians are grumbling over the more than a decade old ongoing Lagos metro rail.Successive governments in the state have failed to complete the project started ten years ago at the cost of $1.2billion dollar.

The current governor ,Jide Sanwoolu has been silent on the project even though officials of the Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority assures that the project is progressing.

According to the sources,the project is on schedule for completion.

It would be recalled that French railway firm ,Alstom,entered into agreement with the Lagos state government two years ago for the completion of the project.

It was not clear how far the implementation of the agreement has gone.

Other sources however said the delay was due to funding constraints. Lagos government is reportedly not willing to borrow to fund the project.

Lagos has a population of 22 million with a chronic mass transit crisis.

A cross section of Lagosians are currently mounting pressure on the state governor to roll out a plan of action for the quick completion of the project.

This is coming amidst rapid implementation of Ibadan Lagos SGR which is linking up with Apapa port via Ebutte Metta in the heart of Lagos city.

The Lagos Ibadan SGR is however a federal project ,leading to questions on why the decade old Lagos metro remains uncompleted for so long.

“We need a light rail system with an expansive network in Lagos. It’s over 10 years since Lagos state started building one.

In that same period, Addis Ababa and Algiers have built theirs”,a Lagosian noted angrily.

Another says: “I see no reason why there shouldn’t be functional light rail in Lagos. maybe with that, this our traffic stress can reduce.”

“A serious minded Lagos state would have built light rail by now. Light rail in Lagos is a no brainer. Payback 1 year max. Look at the traffic”

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