The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has issued a statement that the Lagos metro rail (blue line) will become functional in the year 2021 just a bit of over a year from now. The Lagos metro rail has two main lines that are currently being developed presently, the blue line and the red line although the Lagos metropolitan area transport (LAMATA) had proposed a seven line metro rail project namely: the blue line, red line, green line, yellow line, purple line, brown line and orange line, but the major one under construction presently is the blue line.
In 2018, a review of the project on the blue line was carried out and it was estimated that the project will be completed by 2022, which will be later than what the governor has just declared and coupled with the way the Lagos state government have taken up the task before it, it is possible that the governor doesn’t want any delay any longer judging with the fact that the rail has taken too long in the making.
For a brief history, the Lagos rail system started as far back as 1983 by Alhaji Lateef Jakande the then governor of Lagos state (1979-1983) but the project was scrapped by the military head of state General Muhammadu Buhari leading to a loss of $78 million to the Lagos taxpayers. The Idea was revived by Bola Tinubu in the early 2000s and have been crawling ever since them.
The blue line will run 27.5 km from Marina to Okokomaiko, with 13 stations and an end-to-end journey time of 35 minutes. This is a journey that takes hours, especially during the rush hours, while the red line will run from Marina to Agbado.
This will be a laudable achievement for governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu if he can achieve this feat, which will help to decongest the roads and give workers ample time to get to their place of work and back home without stress.