The projected red and blue rail lines, which are being developed in collaboration with the Lagos State Government, would be implemented in 2024–2026.
This was the assertion of the Ogun state governor Dapo Abiodun.
The rail project which will be funded by the state’s Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) will link the Lagos train station at Agbado rail terminus en route Marina.
The governor added that the proposed blue rail line, which is meant to run through Agbara en route Okokomaiko-Iganmu and, National Theatre in Lagos, are two of the capital projects that have been proposed to be undertaken starting in 2024.
Recall that as part of the Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission initiatives, the governments of Ogun and Lagos State signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) last year that focused on the connectivity of the red and blue rail lines with the goal of leveraging on the rail lines by investing in extensions in Ogun State.
Speaking at Ijebu-Ode during Citizens’ Engagement on the 2024 Budget and the 2024–2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), Abiodun stated that his administration is implementing a multimodal transport system to facilitate the movement of people, goods, and services both inside and outside the State. This includes the proposed red and blue rail lines.
The governor, represented by his deputy Noimot Salako-Oyedele, stated that the state’s multimodal transportation system—which includes road, rail, and air transportation is being developed concurrently to boost the economy and facilitate reliable logistics both inside and outside the state.
“Nevertheless, in the area of transportation, we will also be collaborating with Lagos State in leveraging the blue and red rail lines by investing in their extensions in Ogun State for efficient transportation of the people, goods and services,” stated Governor Abiodun, while also pointing out that the State is also developing dry port at Wasinmi, Kajola in Ifo, in the Ogun Central Senatorial District.
“We will commence the construction of a dry port at Kajola and a logistics hub at Wasinmi in collaboration with the private sector. We launched our e-Mobility and Gas Mobility Projects in June 2023, through which our mass transport systems will be powered by electricity and gas, reducing gas emissions in our State and earning us carbon credit as we join other advanced countries in going green.
“One major aspect of our infrastructural development is the construction of Agro Cargo Airport, which is located in this divisions (Ijebu-Remo); the airport forms the nucleus of our Aerotropolis, a community of its own. It also houses a Special Agro-Processing Zone (SAPZ).”