(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Lagos State plans to develop a rail infrastructure to complement the bus terminal currently under construction to ferry air passengers to and from the airport terminal.
This was disclosed by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, while meeting with the management team of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), led by its Managing Director, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, ahead of the reopening of the airspace for international flight operations, who came to solicit for the Governor’s intervention for the seamless operations of the Lagos airport, which contributes about 70% of FAAN’s revenue.
According to the Governor, the move was part of the development activities embarked on by the state government to provide improved services for travelers who make use of the airport on a daily basis.
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated that the bus terminal would serve as holding station for international passengers who will not be driving into the airport, adding that officials of the State Government had been working in collaboration with the Federal Government to put safety protocols in place at the airports and also drive compliance.
Sanwo-Olu tasked the FAAN management to work towards refurbishing and upgrading some of the ailing and outdated facilities in the airport in order to transform it into a commercial hub, harping on the need for the provision of reliable internet services within the waiting areas of the airport as an added incentive for the comfort of passengers. He said the functionality of the airport must be fully explored, urging the management to invest in facilities that would drive more passenger traffic to the airport.
Speaking further, the governor added that the rail project, which is part of the Red Line Rail project, starting from Ebute Metta and passing through Oshod, will be hopefully started before the end of the year.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: An airport is a gateway that defines a country because it is the first landmark to be seen by international travellers. The Murtala Mohammed International Airport is of strategic significance, not only to the Federal Government, but also to the Lagos State. The strategic use of this airport should necessitate the need to fully harness the asset and make it a bubbling destination for tourists and businessmen coming into the country, hence the necessity of the rail project.