JAPAN’S International Cooperation Agency has entered into an agreement with the Lagos State government to construct a $1bn urban railway line in a public-private sector partnership agreement aimed at addressing the traffic menace in the Lagos metropolis.
One of the world’s 10 largest cities, Lagos has a chronic traffic problem as it lacks an underground network, a functioning railway service or an integrated mass transit programme. Over recent years, the state government has launched the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (Lamata) aimed addressing the problem.
Yesterday, the Lagos State transport commissioner Dr Dayo Mobereola, said that a survey titled Lagos Urban Railway Development Project in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was conducted by both partnering firms, which was aimed at introducing the automated guide transit, a type of monorail conceived as a new transportation system in the state. He added that based on the study, the monorail project would link Marina, Victoria Island and Ikoyi and would curb traffic congestion and improve the environment in Lagos.
Dr Mobereola, who estimated the cost of the project to be executed as $1bn, said a huge percentage of the sum would come from the private sector. He added that the gross domestic product in Lagos comes mainly from the Marina-Victoria Island-Ikoyi axis and that the area constitutes major attraction for business in the state.
Acting Lamata managing director Iyiola Adeboye, explained that the project was aimed at ensuring smooth transportation and reducing gridlock in Lagos State. Lamata’s public transport director Gbenga Dairo, attributed the problem to inappropriate road layout, poor traffic management, inadequate public transport and institutional obstacles.