The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has taken a dim view of the red rail line project which was flagged off by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos on Thursday.
Acccording to him, it makes no sense for the Lagos State government to embark on the rail ‘red line’ project when the Blue Line started almost 10 years ago has not been completed
The 37km standard gauge red line, with 12 proposed stations, is designed to share tracks with the Lagos-Ibadan railway modernisation project.
The project is designed in such a way that It is divided into two phases with phase one covering Oyingbo to Agbado with nine stations.
In an interview with a newspaper called Daily Independent, Sagay wsaid serious work was done on the blue line project under the Babatunde Fashola administration, lamenting that it was abandoned completely by Akinwunmi Ambode administration. He also said little work has been done on it under the current administration.
Acccording to the legal iconLagos state has no resources for two huge projects.
He stated that Governor Sanwo-Olu may end up not completing both the blue and red line projects before leaving office, thereby, adding to backlog of uncompleted projects
He said “My message to the governor is this: The Blue line started by former Governor Babatunde Fashola from Badagry is still not completed. When Fashola was in power, work was going on vigorously and we saw very dramatic progress. When his successor, Akinwunmi Ambode came in, he completely abandoned it, he didn’t touch it at all”.
“Now since Governor Sanwo-Olu came in, there has only been a token presence there. When you go around, you see big structures but only one person working there. There is no visible progress whatsoever”.
“Now, he wants to start a Red Line whilst the Blue line which was started almost 10 years ago is far from completion. With this, he will end up leaving us with two uncompleted projects. I don’t think he should do a project so that they can say that it is his legacy”.
Sagay urged the governor to abandon the Red Line completely and focus on the Blue Line first.
“ He should abandon the Red Line completely and put all the resources in completing the Blue Line. Lagos state doesn’t have the resources to build the two. The whole concept of building the two means he is going to abandon the Blue Line and it is not acceptable to us Lagosians”.
“I want to draw his attention to what the federal government has done very well. The Itakpe line was started by Obasanjo but the Buhari government completed it and now it is a great glory to the Buhari government and also it is of great use to Nigerians because it conveys heavy metal goods from Warri to Itakpe”.
“The same thing applies to the Abuja-Kaduna line which former President Goodluck Jonathan did not complete; Buhari completed it and today, it is a state of the art rail line which Nigerians are proud of”.
“So, let Sanwo-Olu just forget about the Red Line now and complete the Blue Line first, instead of wasting resources on a Red Line and then ending up with two uncompleted projects”.