Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu wants engineering students in higher institutions in the country to take study tours of the State’s rail projects to complement the teachings in the classrooms.
Governor Sanwo-Olu extended the invite again, at this year’s Alumni Luncheon of the University of Lagos, UNILAG’s Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association in Ikeja
Emphasizing his adminstration’s commitment to complete the Blue and Red Line Projects on schedule, the Governor stated that other ongoing projects including construction of roads and bridges could also be used to transfer practical knowledge.
He said “We are building concurrently, we are building eight or nine stations, we are building overpasses, we are constructing five bridges, at Yaba, Ebutte Meta, etc”
In a Lecture titled: ‘Lagos Mass Transit Project: The Journey So far and Investment opportunities, the Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo noted that when completed, the State’s rail projects would boost economic development, tourism, arts and culture among other sectors.
“We are the only megacity without a rail system, but that is about to change, this shows that the State is willing to deal with the transportation challenges that it has” Akinajo said
Mrs Akinajo who confirmed that over five thousand residents, including tenants affected by the project have been compensated within two years, said one thousand five hundred passengers would be transported per trip on the ten-carriage blue line
Earlier, the Chairman of the Alumni Association, Mr Dideolu Falobi said the purpose of the event was to raise a five hundred million naira development fund for the faculty.
On his part, the Dean, faculty of Engineering, UNILAG, Professor Sadiq Obanishola who commended the Alumni Association for their efforts, suggested the establishment of a Funding and Industry Advisory Committee, as government alone cannot meet the funding needs of the University