Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari is expected soon in Lagos to declare open the Oshodi Transport Interchange. This transport interchange is said to be Africa’s first mega bus terminal. This news was confirmed by the officials of the Lagos State Government. Apart from this, the president will also commission the 10-lane Oshodi-Murtala Mohammed International Airport road.
The interchange will prompt a presidential visit by M. Buhari
The projects are among infrastructure development projects and other transport achievements of the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, which will round up come May 29th.
The Oshodi Transport Interchange project is designed and developed to serve at least one million commuters in the metropolis daily, while the Murtala Mohammed International Airport road project is projected to serve about 40,000 people on a daily basis.
The Oshodi interchange project was awarded to an indigenous construction firm, Planet Project Corporate Limited under the directorship of Mr. Biodun Otunola, cost an estimated $70 million or ₦25.2 billion.
Speaking to the media about the project, a Lagos state official said that the transport interchange is the first of its kind in Africa. He cited that it was similar to Victoria Terminus in London and the United Kingdom. He said that the transport interchange, which will soon be in operation will asist to "reduce travel time on Lagos roads; unlock gridlocks associated with the megacity and help people commute without stress." He added that the availability and functioning of these projects will make Lagos function like other megacities in developed countries.
Planet Project Corporate Limited also released a statement explaining the aim of and the need for the transport interchange in the state, especially in Oshodi:
The completed Oshodi interchange will be the first of its kind in Africa
“Oshodi has over 100,000 passengers and 1 million pedestrians daily, with 76 percent of its land area dedicated to transport and related activities. This leads to serious traffic congestion and other environmental issues.”
The company explained that the underlying concept sought to transform Oshodi into a global grade Central Business District (CBD) with business, travel and leisure activities conducted in a serene, secure, clean, orderly and hygienic environment, comparable with other transport terminals around the world including Stratford and Victoria Bus Station in the United Kingdom.
Gov Ambode of Lagos initiated and completed the project
The statement by the construction company also revealed that the other component of the terminal will include 13 city and interstate bus parks that will be divided into 3 multi-storey terminals, ticketing stands, 20 lifts and escalators, parking areas, driver's lounge, restrooms, two skywalks connecting the terminals to each other, Architectural LED Lights, passenger concourse, public address systems, passenger drop-off areas, taxi and car parks, passenger lounge for intercity commuters, bus depot, loading bays, passenger information systems and many more.
The Nigerian President will commission the interchange sometime before May 29th.
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