The Lagos State Government has reaffirmed its promise to complete the Blue and Red rail line projects in the first quarter of 2023.
It cautioned residents along the Orile-Badagry axis that the blue rail line tracks will be powered by electricity, making walking on them dangerous.
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that anyone who caught vandalizing and selling the iron median used as track barricades will be prosecuted, and that companies that buy the iron will be shut down.
He also assured that any vandalized barricades would be rebuilt as soon as possible to ensure residents’ safety.
According to Sanwo-Olu, the contractor had been working seven days a week to fulfill the deadline for the blue line’s completion.
He said extra security measures, including the installation of Central Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to monitor activities, would be put in place when the train begins service.
Sanwo-Olu stated that the state would import two extra sets of four railway carriages from China by September and October in readiness for the commencement of the operation.
Meanwhile, the governor, who made a stopover at the Apongbon Bridge that was earlier gutted by fire some weeks ago, gave the traders still under and around the bridge another three days ultimatum to vacate.