On 28 November, Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola undertook a working tour of the Lagos light rail project site at Iganmu in the Apapa. To be known as the Blue Line, this section will run from Okokomaiko to Marina, a business district. Concrete pillars are being set up at Iganmu to support the line to Iddo on its way to Okokomaiko. Work on the first 7km includes the provision of five stations. In terms of the contract, the contractor – China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) – is to supply rolling stock.

According to the governor, at least 2,000 Nigerians are at work on the scheme and by next year another 1, 000 will be employed. Once the project is in “full gear”, the total will rise to 8,000. A further six lines are to be built – to Agege, Alimosho, Ikorodu and other parts of the state, but the Blue Line is the most important.

Governor Fashola explained that the project has been designed to supply its own electricity. Deputy CCECC managing director and project manager Shi Hongbing said that pre-castings for the rail bridge are 70% finished. Before 2012, the line would be complete to the National Theatre.

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