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In a bid to ensure safety of Passengers and unhindered operations of rail transportation, Federal Government in collaboration with Ogun State on Tuesday constituted a committee to prevent illegal activities on the new Lagos/Ibadan railway corridors.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Tunji Odunlami who disclosed this while speaking at a meeting with officials of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and inauguration of the Committee in Lagos, said the committee consisted of officials from FG and Ogun State.
Odunlami said that the move was in anticipation on the tendency for people to build slums or shanties along the corridors of rail stations located within the state that might cause hazard to the commuters and the transport system in the future
According to him 5 out of 10 Train terminus along Lagos/Ibadan railway stations were domiciled in Ogun State, adding that there was need for the State to take proactive step towards preventing illegal development of structures.
“The train station is more viable for business and investment opportunities mostly for Real Estate Developers, that is why we need to have proper plan for the rail stations, so that we can ensure development around these corridors which the Federal and State Government will be proud of in future”, he stated.
The Commissioner solicited the cooperation of NRC to avert haphazard development along the passageways to avoid vandalization of public assets.
Contributing, his counterpart in Transportation, Engr. Gbenga Dairo, said official operation of the rail system had impacted greatly on the socio-economic activities of the State and assured of government’s support for the project to benefit the general public.
Earlier, the Director Operations, NRC, Mr. Niyi Alli, said the Corporation would ensure that necessary arrangements were in place for the smooth running of rail stations, pledging the Federal Government’s readiness to assist the State in actualising its dream.