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The Lagos State Government in a public conference said that the ongoing construction works in 13 different bus terminals will see the employment of 3,000 youths in the State. This is even as it revealed that over 800 buses have been procured to kick-start operations at the newly inaugurated Ikeja Bus Terminal.
Speaking during a media tour to the Ikeja and the yet to be completed Oshodi Bus Terminal over the weekend, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson said the bus terminals are part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s gift to the 12 million masses of the state who use public transportation daily.
“The menace of ‘one chance’ kidnapping and accidents associated with the current commercial bus regime in the State will take a halt, our sole aim is to provide adequate security to public transport users and maintain sanity within the state”
He asserted that the facilities will provide over 3,000 jobs for youths and increase transport connections as well as inter-modal connectivity in the State.
“Constructions are ongoing in 13 different bus terminals across the state to leverage their various operations. We have Alapere Bus Shelter, Ilupeju Bus Depot, Yaba Bus Terminal, Anthony Bus Depot, Maryland Bus Terminal, Agege Bus Terminal, Ojota Bus Terminal, Oyingbo Bus Terminal, Tafawa Balewa Square Bus Terminal and other proposed corridors.” he said
Speaking on the servicing of roads and transportation, the commissioner for information and strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan said the idea behind this initiative is to cater for low and medium income residents who cannot afford to fuel their own cars every day.
He said the Ikeja Bus Terminal is a major transportation infrastructure constructed to improve efficiency, adding that 23 routes would be serviced from the terminal and while the facility would be servicing 400,000 passengers daily. It would reduce traffic congestion, occasioned by the present street loading and dropping off of passengers and reduce environmental pollution.
Also speaking, the , the Managing Director Planet Project Mr Biodun Otunola said the Ikeja Bus Terminal which sits on 10,000 square metres of land is more than a bus stop as “some ignorant critics have lately being ranting.”
Otunola described what is going on in Lagos as revolutionary as it it the first time the government will deliberately plan and provide world class facility to road transport users. He added that the facilities presently going on across the state would redefine the transportation system in the state.
He said the Oshodi interchange will be delivered by October this year.