There is a heavy presence of security operatives in some parts of Lagos State as President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived economic capital of Nigeria to commission Railway project.
He was drove straight to Ebutte Meta Terminal of the Nigerian Railway Corporation for the commissioning ceremony of the Lagos- Ibadan rail project and the flag off of commercial operations.
Governors present at the commissioning include, including Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.
Also present are Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka; Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, and several others.
Thereafter, Buhari is expected to proceed to commission other projects such as the Energy Nature Light Terminal of the Apapa Port to further commission the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project.
“Construction on the Railway Station started in March 2017, and test-running commenced in December 2020. The Ebute Metta Station, known as the Mobolaji Johnson Station, is the largest railway station in West Africa with a holding capacity of 6000 passengers.
“The 156km Lagos—Ibadan standard gauge railway line in Lagos is the first double-track standard gauge rail in West Africa. It is also the first Nigerian railway line to be started and finished by the same government, since 1960,” according to presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad.