The 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 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.