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Governor Sanwo-Olu Departs For China

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will today, Wednesday depart for Beijing, China.

Mr Governor will visit the Headquarters of China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) @CCECC8 for trade and investment discussions with the top officials of the company. 

This was made known in a post on X by his Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Governor, Jubril Gawat on Wednesday. 

It was gathered that the governor’s trip to China is to complete deals on the Blue and Red Line rail services.

Both rail lines are being handled by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC).

The first phase of the Blue Line rail, which is 13-kilometer covering five stations, was commissioned by former President Muhammadu Buhari in January 2023. Contract for the second phase spanning from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko area of the state, was also signed on the same day between the state government and CCECC.

When fully completed, the Blue Line is expected to move 250,000 passengers daily.

The Red Line, on the other hand, is about 96 percent complete, Sanwo-Olu had said in September 2023 during the flag-off of commercial operations of the Blue Line rail.

Here is the full statement by his aide;

Mr Governor will visit the Headquarters of China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) @CCECC8 for trade and investment discussions with the top officials of the company. 

Mr Governor will inspect the Signaling System (CBTC etc.) and Metro projects, being undertaken by CCECC around Beijing. 

Mr Governor will also visit Dalian for a visit to China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation HQ and CRRC Lvshun base, he is scheduled to hold a high-level official meeting with the Head of China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, CRRC Dalian. 

There would also be a Technical Discussion on the DMUs for the Red Line and more Electric Multiple Units (EMU)s for the Blue Line between LAMATA, CCECC, and CRRC Dalian.

Governor Sanwo-Olu is accompanied on the trip by the Hon. Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Seun Osiyemi, Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, Hon. Temitope Adewale, Chairman, House Committee on Environment parastatals, Hon. Rasheed Shabi, Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, Mrs. Abimbola Akinajo, Director, Rail Transport, Mr. Olasunkanmi Okusaga among other officials.

The Governor and the entourage are billed to return to Lagos in a week.

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