The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians that Year 2022 would be a season of consolidation.

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This as he reveals that his administration will complete the 37km Red and 27.5km Blue Line Rail projects, 18.75km Eleko to T-Junction in Epe, a section of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway and other ongoing iconic projects in the State.

The Lagos blue light rail line was inaugurated in December 2003 by the Bola Tinubu administration. The project is part of the excellent Lagos Urban Transportation Project handled by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).

2022: Red and Blue Line Rail projects
2022: Red and Blue Line Rail projects

The Governor, speaking at the 2022 Lagos State New Year Thanksgiving Service themed ‘Songs of Thanksgiving’, which was held at the Lagos House Sports Ground, Alausa, Ikeja, declared that 2022 will witness remarkable development on various fronts.

He said: “This New Year 2022 is a special year for us as an administration because it will be the final full year of the four-year mandate you gave us in 2019.

“By the special Grace of God, the vision of having the largest Rice Mill in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the largest in the world will become a reality this year.

“Also, this year 2022 will witness a milestone achievement in the rail transportation system in our State, as we expect the 37km Red and 27.5km Blue Line Rail projects to commence commercial operations between the last quarter of this year and first quarter of 2023.

“Equally, construction work on the 38km 4th Mainland Bridge — which will be the longest in Africa — and the Opebi-Mende link bridge will commence this year.

“2022 will also witness, by the special Grace of God, the completion of the ongoing reconstruction work on the 18.75km Eleko to T-Junction in Epe, the 10km Lekki Regional Road, and the section of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway that the Lagos State Government is constructing with the permission of the Federal Government. These are just a handful of the projects that will be completed or advanced this year.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also enjoined everyone in Lagos State to continue to adhere to and comply strictly with the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines for safety in this 4th wave of pandemic.

“I also encourage all to take their vaccines and booster shots without delay. We have seen first-hand how vaccination has helped minimize the impact of the 4th wave, compared to previous ones,” he added.