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VIDEO: Staff of Lagos monorail seen pushing carriage

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Some staff of Lagos Monorail Mass Transit, recently commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, on December 21, 2022, were seen in an unprotected lofty height pushing the carriage that should, otherwise, be pushing people from one part of Lagos to another.

Watch the video clip below:

Reaction:

The Lagos State Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, taunting Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on his Twitter handle, wrote:

“Politiricks and Tokenisim. Lagos state government spent $1.2 billion of our resources on this rail project over 13yrs yet see what’s been delivered. To my knowledge no one used this service today or yesterday nor will anyone use it tomorrow. $1.2 billion for 13km is inexcusable.”

About Lagos Rail Mass Transit Blue Line

Lagos Rail Mass Transit is a rapid transit system in Lagos State. The rail system is managed by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority. The railway equipment including electric power, signals, rolling stock, and fare collection equipment will be provided by the private sector under a concession contract.

It is one of the six rail lines and monorail prescribed for Lagos in the state’s Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP). The LRMT Blue Line is a 27-kilometer rail system from Marina to Okokomaiko.

The project’s global cost of about $1.17 billion as contained in the Lagos state government document on the rail project is the verified project cost of the blue line rail project as at the time it was approved in 2009.

Controversy over the real cost of the project first erupted in January 2019 when the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), a subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), published on its website that it is building the Lagos Blue Line project at the cost of $182 million.

Concerned citizens questioned the whereabouts of the extra nearly one billion Dollars if the $182 million claim by Chinese authorities is true.

The Blue Line project, upon completion, is expected to carry more than 500,000 passengers.

The first phase traverses five stations covering a distance of 13 km and has the capacity to move 250,000 passengers daily.

The first phase of Lagos Blue Line metro route, the first metro line in West Africa, which was constructed by China Civil Engineering, was part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Read more.

 

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