Federal Government Hindering Completion Of Lagos Light Rail Project Says Fashola

Former Governor Raji Fashola of Lagos, also implicated

October 21, 2014.


By: Ibrahim Olalekan

Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola has accused the Federal Government of not responding to request by the state government to allow it use the Federal Government’s right of way.

Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Mr Hakeem Bello, said the delay of the red line light rail project is due to the inability of the Federal Government to allow the state make use of the right of way from Iddo for the commencement of the project.

Governor Fashola, while rendering account of the 2,700 Days in Office of his administration in Lagos on Sunday as reported by The Punch newspaper mentioned that the electricity being generated by the state could not be distributed for commercial purposes.

According to him, the state is generating its own electricity for its own usage. He added that “only the six licensed generation companies can generate and sell power to the 11 distribution companies for distribution to homes of residents.”

Among the achievements of Governor Fashola as reported is the completion of the 6th, 7th and 8th draws of the Lagos Home Ownership and Mortgage Scheme housing initiative, which means that the government had kept his promise to put 200 homes on the market for eligible residents and has never failed to deliver.

The Governor also posits that the state government has maintained bridges which the Federal Government built and left behind when the capital was moved to Abuja. The bridges according to the governor have not been changed for about 30 years.

Meanwhile, the state government has awarded the contract to replace 33 joints from the Alaka end to the Apongbon end of the Eko Bridge at the cost of over N400m adding that the government had successfully replaced all the joints on the Alhaji Masha Bridge.