By Benjamin Omoike
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday said he will deliver the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor by end of May 2020.
Sanwo-Olu made this statement when he inspected the BRT corridor along the axis, telling residents within the axis to desist from throwing dirt into the drainage.
The Governor, while addressing Journalists during the inspection, said the 13.68 kilometers of roads is at about 70 percent completion rate, and has 14 stations . The 14 stations have five bilateral stations; stations facing both sides and nine median stations.
Governor Sanwo-Olu attributed the delay in some parts of the project along the corridor to residents who throw waste into the drainage system. He advised residents to desist from this as perpetrators would face the wrath of the law.
“The situation with drainage here is human-induced because the of the lifestyle of our people. I am aware that this whole drainage was cleared couple of days ago and we can all see the amount the of rubbish that are left here now.”
On the BRT buses on the corridor, the Governor said, “We are hoping to start with about minimum of 200 buses, once we come and we see the scaling up, the BRT can move up to 300 and 350 buses, based on the traffic that we see and the utilisation of the corridor. Once this is completed, there is likelihood that we do a phase 2 of the project which will take us from here into Ogun State, where we have old toll plaza. We want to reduce the traffic from the whole neighborhood in Ogun State to Oshodi. Before the end May, we should complete the entire Infrastructure along this road.”
He maintained that his Government had continued to build on the infrastructural renewal projects which started by the last administration.
According to Sanwo-Olu: “In the last seven months we came in, works has not stopped on this corridor. In terms of mathematics, I cannot say it was at a particular percentage, but what I remember is that when I came here last it’s not what they look like. Essentially, we are pushing the contractors to ensure that all of infrastructure that is required to put this to use are achieved.
The contractors has not been denied finances and we are going to ensure we work with them. We are going to ensure that the Commission date is sacrosanct, we will Commission it on the date we have set out for ourselves”
Sanwo-Olu emphasised that the phase 1 project will solve significantly the transportation and traffic problems on the entire corridor.
The Governor however sound a note of warning to the motorists and residents of the State to desist from indiscriminate driving and ensure cleaner environment.