Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji joined his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday to commission the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line, Oyingbo Overpass Bridge.
Sanwo-Olu who was speaking at the commissioning, said the bridge is second of the four that the state government had constructed to ensure safety of lives and uninterrupted flow of vehicular traffic at level crossings along the Red Line.
Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, was among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony at Oyingbo area of the state.
The governor, who expressed the profound appreciation of the government and the people of Lagos to Oyebanji for his presence to commission the Oyingbo Overpass bridge, noted that with the overpass bridges, there would not be fatal accidents at railway crossings.
It would be recalled that Sanwo-Olu last Thursday commissioned the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line Yaba Overpass Bridge.
“I would like to start by expressing the profound appreciation of the government and the good people of Lagos State to my dear brother, His Excellency, Mr. Abiodun Oyebanji, Governor of Ekiti State for honouring us with his presence to commission the Oyingbo Overpass bridge; the second of the four that we have constructed to ensure safety of lives and uninterrupted flow of vehicular traffic at level crossings along the Red Line. With these overpass bridges, we are providing a permanent solution to the avoidable fatal accidents often recorded at railway crossings.
“Just about three days ago, I commissioned the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line Yaba Overpass Bridge. That bridge is already serving the intended purpose with significant improvement of traffic flow around Yaba,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.
“Today, we are also opening the LRMT Red Line Oyingbo Overpass Bridge here in Oyingbo, famous for being a thriving centre of commerce.
“Oyingbo has a rich history that dates back to the early 1920s when the famous Oyingbo market was established as a depot for agricultural produce. The market gradually expanded due to developments around the Oyingbo, Ebute Metta and Lagos Mainland regions,” he added.
The governor explained that his administration was investing so much in the provision of transport infrastructure that would support commerce and enhance ease of movement, given the importance of Oyingbo as a major link between the mainland and the Island.
Sanwo-Olu said ” The state government is investing so much in the provision of transport infrastructure that will support commerce and enhance ease of movement. Part of the infrastructure is the Yaba Bus Terminal, which unfortunately, was torched by arsonists alongside over 50 new high-capacity buses during the EndSARS protest.
“Today, we have risen from the ashes of those dark days as we forge ahead in the development of our transport infrastructure.
“Here in Oyingbo, we also have the Oyingbo Train station of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line. The siting of these infrastructure in this area is strategic and intentional to achieve a seamless integrated intermodal transport system for the people.
“As the Federal Ministry of Transport commences the rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge and the total overlay of its pavement, this bridge will provide a lot of relief to motorists.
He, however, appealed to motorists to exercise patience and cooperate with traffic and law enforcement officers in order to minimize the inconvenience that would be experienced during the period of the rehabilitation.
“I will, therefore, use this opportunity to appeal to our motorists to exercise patience and cooperate with traffic and law enforcement officers in order to minimize the inconvenience that will be experienced during the period of the rehabilitation,” he said.
Speaking at the commissioning, Oyebanji lauded Sanwo-Olu on the project, saying that the day’s event was made possible “when you have a governor with a vision of building on the programmes of his predecessors.”
He said that he had also been continuing on the footsteps of his predecessors.
Oyebanji declared that Sanwo-Olu’s achievements across the state were visible, saying that the governor was a mentor to many.
The governor disclosed that commissioners from Ekiti State had been coming to Lagos State for peer review in order to replicate developmental projects in the state.