President Tinubu Commission Red Line Rail in Lagos, revolutionizing city’s transportation.

Taiwo Ajayi
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President Bola Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has inaugurated the Red Line Rail Mass Transit project in Lagos State, marking a monumental advancement in the city’s transportation infrastructure.

The ceremony, held on Thursday, witnessed the presence of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his wife, Ibijoke, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hazmat, state commissioners, and other officials.

Stretching over 37 kilometers with 13 stations, the Red Rail Line seamlessly integrates major bus terminals at Oyingbo, Yaba, Oshodi, Ikeja, Ebute Metta, Iju, and Iddo, including a direct link to the Murtala Muhammed Airport’s international and domestic wings. Once fully operational, the project is poised to accommodate a remarkable 1.1 million commuters daily.

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Addressing the audience, President Tinubu underscored the transformative vision for Lagos. “My team and I have worked tirelessly to chart a developmental course that will elevate Lagos into Africa’s economic hub and a globally esteemed megacity. We are witnessing the realization of that vision,” he remarked. “Dreaming big is not a crime. Stay focused and committed to making development the cornerstone of our endeavors.”

Commending the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) for its dedication and strategic initiatives, Tinubu applauded the agency’s role in serving the public interest. “LAMATA’s success demonstrates that with vision and commitment to a greater purpose, agencies can thrive and serve the people effectively. The history of Lagos will forever cherish your contributions,” he affirmed.

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Tinubu also spotlighted the digital payment platform, a unified system encompassing ferry, rapid bus, and rail services. “Today marks the inauguration of the second of six rail lines slated for launch. I extend my gratitude to our political leaders for their belief in our vision and their uplifting support,” he added.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, speaking at the event, emphasized the project’s broader objectives beyond enhancing transit. “The LMRT project represents progress, illuminating the path toward a future where our city moves seamlessly, swiftly, and sustainably,” he articulated. “It goes beyond transit; it’s about fostering a more interconnected and cohesive community.”

Distinguished guests at the commissioning included Governors Usman Ododo (Kogi), Abiodun Oyebanji (Ekiti), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), former Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and other notable dignitaries.

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