The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has once again assured Nigerians that the proposed Lagos-Ibadan segment of Lagos-Kano rail line project will be ready and operational in the next two and half years.
Amaechi confirmed this at the maiden edition of Lagos Traffic Radio’s Lecture Series at Lagos Television, LTV, ground, Ikeja – a program intended to discuss and proffer solutions to ever increasing traffic challenges facing people living in Lagos.
The minister mentioned that the aim of the new transportation system is to reduce the current pressure on road infrastructure with resultant accidents and avoidable loss of lives, properties.
The minister who has also directed the Railway Command of the Nigeria Police Force to stop the practice of passengers hanging on moving trains to avoid loss of lives said it is the responsibility of the government to protect lives of its citizens, and that it will be better to allow passengers who cannot afford the transport fare to sit in the train than for them to lose their lives.
Also speaking at the program, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, highlighted plans by the state government to grow transport sector for economic advancement of the state, said an inter-modal transportation master plan is already being
implemented to link the rail, road and water such that by 2032, no resident of Lagos will need to walk more than 80 kilometres from his home to board any means of transportation.
Mobereola said apart from the blue line rail ongoing on Orile-Mile 2 corridor, six other light rail systems and a monorail line had been identified, with 20 water routes, 14 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and 450 routes for high capacity buses, aimed at changing the face of public transportation in the megacity.
‘All these routes in water, road and rail will connect to different communities across Lagos,” said Mobereola. He added this will ensure that travel time for residents is reduced to maximum of 60 minutes from the current average of three to four hours.
Giving more insight to why the lecture was organised, the Managing Director of Traffic Radio, Yinka Adagun said that the idea is borne out of the need for regular interface of ideas, on best practices and latest tools that can be deployed to better manage the ever increasing motor traffic challenges in Lagos.
“The platform will also serve as avenue to recognize outstanding LASTMA officials for their contributions to the success story of Lagos Traffic Radio.”
Adagun said that the event will bring together the stakeholders in the transportation management sector and offer ideas on traffic management and deployment of technology to traffic management system.
“This lecture series will serve as catalyst for cross –fertilization of ideas on the way to advance the traffic management in Lagos state and to help project the efforts of the traffic management authorities at tackling the menace of traffic gridlocks”, he said.