PRESIDENT BUHARI CONCLUDES FESTIVAL OF PROJECTS IN LAGOS.
Uploaded by Yemisi Dada on January 24, 2023
President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded his two day working visit to Lagos, where he unveiled some public and private sector projects.
On day two of the visit, the President
inaugurated the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History at Onikan on Lagos Island and the first phase of the Blue Line Rail project.
President Buhari who arrived at the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History in company of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at some minutes to eleven o clock in the morning toured the facility.
The original J. Randle Centre was built
in 1928 by friends of late Randle, a West African doctor who was active in politics in Lagos, during the colonial era, to serve as an avenue for recreation, learning, sports and entertainment as it consists of a Love garden, swimming pool and library.
The immediate past administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode redesigned the centre to serve as a place to facilitate the study and preservation of Yoruba heritage in addition to its original purpose.
Correspondent Yemisi Dada reports that the new centre consist of an Exhibition Centre, a Library, Multi-Purpose Hall, Learning Spaces, Restaurant and Lounges, a Pavilion for stage performance and a museum while retaining its swimming pool and sporting facilities.
The event was graced by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and other traditional rulers from within and outside the State as well as eminent personalities in the entertainment Industry.
President Buhari thereafter moved to the Iconic Marina station to inaugurate the first phase of the Blue Line Rail project and witnessed the signing of the contract of the second phase.
On the twenty-first of December, last year (2022) Governor Sanwo-Olu had announced the completion of the first phase of Lagos Rail Mass Transit Blue Line from Marina to Mile two.
In a remark before the President unveiled the project, Governor Sanwo-Olu who acknowledged the visionary role of the the former Governor of the state and Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu described the light rail line as milestone
The Governor acknowledged the support of Mr President towards the development of Lagos, noting that the State had enjoyed more support from the Buhari Administration than previous ones.
Governor Sanwo-Olu urged Lagos residents to own the project which will reduce travel time, improve the quality of lives of residents and make Lagos a resilient mega city.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat explained that the project is in line with the Lagos Transportation Master plan and people oriented.
The first phase of the Blue Rail line will move two hundred and fifty thousand passengers daily, while on full completion of the entire stretch to Okokomaiko, it is anticipated that five hundred thousand people will commute daily on the rail line.
Omolara Omosanya/ Yemisi Dada