Naijauto had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was visiting Lagos State to commission some projects executed by the Lagos State Government. The President arrived on Wednesday April 2t4h, 2019 as announced, and commissioned the popular Oshodi Transport Interchange.
The Oshodi Transport Interchange is reported to be the first ultra-modern bus terminal in Africa. It offers world-class transportation facilities to provide seamless transportation services to people in the State.
Speaking on the aim of creating the transport facility, incumbent Governor of Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said: “the Oshodi Transport Interchange with 3 Terminals will change the face of transportation in Lagos and also ensure that transport activities are conducted in a secure, clean and orderly manner.”
President Buhari being cheered by the crowd at the location
Here are key things you should know about the bus terminal:
- It accommodates all the 13 interstate and city motor parks in Oshodi in a three-storey bus terminal.
- Each terminal of the three-storey building is of 30,000 square meters.
- It boasts of world-class facilities including loading bays, waiting area, parking areas, driver lounge, ticketing stands and restrooms amongst others.
- It has pedestrian bridges, accessible walkways, standard skywalk linking all three terminals, lay-bys, introduction of bus lanes, introduction of green parks, street lighting, waste management, fencing and dedicated security amongst others.
The $70million terminal is reported to officially begin operations on May 2, 2019. Addressing journalists in Lagos on Tuesday, Biodun Otunola, Chief Executive Officer of Planet Project Limited (the company in charge of the project), said:
“Oshodi Transport Interchange is to address the traffic, environmental safety and transportation problems around Oshodi and Lagos at large. As you all know, a lot of us travelling from one part of Lagos to the other have to use this particular spot where we are, which is Oshodi. Oshodi is perhaps the busiest transport interchange in Africa. Based on the study we carried out at the initial stage, we discovered that over 76% of the open space in Oshodi is occupied by transport activities.
A section of the Oshodi Transport Interchange
“Here, we have three terminals. Terminal one is for inter-city transportation. So, if you are travelling to any part of Nigeria, including West Africa, you will be able to get the bus here and the terminal will run for 24 hours. The whole terminal has been designed to have all world-class facilities.
“Terminal two is to serve Lagos west and all the people going towards FESTAC, Mile 2, Abule Egba, Oshodi, Isolo and Ayobo. Terminal three will also serve people going to Lagos east and Lagos Island, Ojota, Ikorodu, Marina, Obalende, including Berger.
“Bus operation will start from terminal three on May 2,” Otunola further stated.
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