The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has given an ultimatum to the traders who are occupying the tracks of the Red Line rail project in Agege Station to vacate the area within two days.
The governor made this declaration during his inspection visit to the station on Wednesday, where he addressed the traders from the top of the stairs in both English and Yoruba languages.
The governor warned the traders that the rail tracks are meant for transportation and not for market activities, adding that the whole corridor would be fenced off to prevent encroachment. He urged the traders to cooperate with the government and relocate to alternative spaces provided for them.
A video of the governor’s interaction with the traders was shared on X, a microblogging platform, by his Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Jubril Gawat.
The video showed the governor speaking firmly but politely to the traders, who listened attentively.
The Red Line rail project is one of the flagship projects of the Sanwo-Olu administration, aimed at easing traffic congestion and improving mass transit in Lagos.
The governor had earlier announced that the project is about 96 per cent completed and would be inaugurated before the end of this year.
The Red Line rail covers 37 kilometers and runs from Agbado to Marina with 13 stations along the route. It has a capacity to transport 500,000 passengers daily, which translates to 3.5 million passengers weekly and 15 million passengers monthly.