On Monday, Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu rode the Lagos Blue Line train for the first time.
Around 9:00 am, the governor boarded a vehicle from the Marina station to Mile 2. Sanwo-Olu went over the prerequisites with his fellow passengers before he boarded the train.
In addition to his wife, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Sanwo-Olu was accompanied by several senior government officials, including Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, former Speaker of the House of Assembly Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat, Secretary to the State Government Mrs. Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, and former Deputy Governor Femi Pedro.
The train would only make 12 trips using the locomotive system within the first month, according to the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).
Abimbola Akinajo, managing director of LAMATA, pointed out that the organization will launch its electric-powered train service with 76 trips. Between 150,000 and 175,000 passengers per day are anticipated to ride from 5:30 in the morning until 11 at night.
While his administration has taken steps to safeguard the asset, the governor had urged Lagosians to assume ownership of the rail tracks.
With over 30 cameras watching the tracks alone, there are over 300 CCTV cameras covering the entire rail, and command and control centers are available in every station along the route. This is your project, Lagos,” he continued.
“Take responsibility for it and handle it with respect, just like you would anything that is yours. Any argument or commotion on the train WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.