Lagos commissions Bus Terminal but the buses will arrive in 6 months time
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode says the State is planning to inject 5,000 new buses into the Lagos economy in the next 3 years
The Ikeja Bus Terminal commissioned on Thursday, March 29, 2018, is situated a few minutes away from the Murtala Mohammed Local Airport and Murtala Mohammed International Airport and one of the flagship transport infrastructure under the State Bus Reform Initiative led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The government said it is planning to inject 820 environmentally-friendly high capacity buses in the first phase of this reform by September 2018, 300 New Bus Stops, 3 Bus Depots, and Intelligent Transport System which will aid Lagosians to plan their journeys on our public transport system.
Governor Ambode while commissioning the Bus Terminal said the first phase of the programme will see 13 new Bus terminals introduced including major terminals at the popular cities in the state such as Oshodi, Yaba, Ojota, Agege and the already completed Tafawa Balewa Bus Terminal.
“We have initiated and completed the provision of infrastructure that is scalable and would support the daily needs of our people to meet their connectivity and mobility needs.
“We have commenced the introduction of 5,000 new buses into the Lagos economy in the next 3 years."
On his part, Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's president lauded the State Government for various initiatives aimed at catering for movement of the growing population of the State and making modern buses available to the people.
He particularly commended Governor Ambode for his developmental strides in the last three years, saying the projects were indeed laudable.
“I commend the Governor for development and strides he recorded within the first three years of governance. I recognize the push of the State Government in reforming public transportation especially the Bus Reform Project which will make modern transport buses that are air-conditioned available to the people.
“I acknowledge the vision of Lagos State Government to revamping the railway transportation system. Presently, we have outlined in new-year message of the plan for a-Pan African Railway Transportation. I commend Lagos State for also developing rail infrastructure to cater for movement of its growing population,” President Buhari said.
The Ikeja Bus Terminal is estimated to convey about 200,000 passengers daily across 23 destinations, fitted with all aspects of public transport operations such as buses, passengers’ insurance, 13 ticketing boots, route licensing, terminal bus attendants and operating companies.
Lagos, a highly populated, cosmopolitan smart city-State is known for its poor transportation system and heavy traffic on the Highways as the State boasts of over 12million people plying the road using public transports on a daily basis which makes it difficult for many commuters to meet most scheduled appointments in time.
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