Eko Hot Blog reports that Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has issued a two-day ultimatum to traders to vacate the rail tracks of the ongoing Red Line rail project which will link Oyingbo to Marina, Lagos.
He issued the ultimatum on Wednesday during a tour of the project at the Agege Station.
The governor, who expressed dismay at the presence of traders on the rail tracks, said the rail is for transportation, not for trading.
“It is a government road, that’s why the government built everything,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“It is for transportation. It is not for market traders. I have given you two days’ notice.”
The governor forcibly told the traders that by next week, the enforcement team will come to enforce compliance and seize items of any trader that violates the directive.
“You can’t stay here. That’s why I came myself, it’s not possible,” he further warned in Yoruba language.
“We don’t want anyone to die. Once the train starts working, it will pass here every ten minutes.”
Earlier, Sanwo-Olu directed the contractor handling the multi-million dollar Red Rail Line project to deliver it by December 2023.
While the red rail line has eight major stations – Agbado, Iju, Agege, Ikeja, Mushin, Yaba, Ebute Metta and Iddo/Oyingbo, the trains will use the tracks built by the Federal Government.
It will take a minimum of 1,000 passengers per ride when in full operation.
The Lagos governor was accompanied on tour by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and some members of the State Executive Council.
Those on the entourage were Commissioners for Information and Strategy, Environment and Water Resources, Transportation, Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Tokunbo Wahab, Seun Osiyemi, Ope George, respectively, and Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, Bimbo Akinajo, among others.
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