Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday said there would be renewed focus on waterways and rail transportation in the current year.
Sanwo-Olu revealed the plan in a New Year broadcast also unveiled his administration’s direction in policies and programmes in the year.
“The State Government is prepared to shift the burden of transportation away from roads alone. The objective is to disperse traffic on the roads and give residents a new choice in mass movement across the State.
“The administration had been statutorily emboldened to fully tap into the potential of its waterways and rail corridors by pursuing fresh investment and partnerships that would help us deliver an inter-modal transportation model.
“We are prioritising investment in infrastructure this year to shift the burden of transportation away from the roads unto the waterways as a means of moving our people around safely and efficiently. Lagos is endowed with a large body of water that has been under-exploited over the years. This is why we have set up a challenged ourselves to investment in this underutilised channel.
“Work will begin to happen on our waterways and Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has been saddled with this responsibility. In terms of the pace of work that is going on our Blue Line Rail project, which stretches from Okokomaiko to Marina, we expect the work to pick up and get Phase 1 of it completed for operations. Also, construction work to commence on the Red Line that will stretch from Agege to Ebute Metta, this year,” he said.