14 September 2017

Nigeria: Lagos Bans Inter-State Buses Operating On Ikorodu Road

The Lagos State government yesterday announced the restriction of inter-state buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota motor parks.

It also issued a seven-day ultimatum to operators on the Ikorodu Road corridor to relocate to the designated inter-state motor parks, as stiff sanction would be handed down on defaulters.

Speaking after embarking on a joint inspection tour of ongoing construction of Modern Bus Terminal at Yaba and the beautification project at Jibowu, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the decision of the government was in line with the determination of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode's administration to free the city of avoidable nuisances and instill sanity and civility in the environment.

He said the inspection was a follow-up to an earlier visit by the governor to the area, adding that all the necessary quit notices have already been served on the affected operators.

He said: "This is a follow-up on the visit of Governor Ambode to this axis last night and he was very displeased with what he saw particularly the manner with which long buses and inter-state buses are using the main road.

Henceforth, they will have to go to Ojota and Ojodu Berger, which are the two designated inter-state motor parks."

Also speaking, the acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, said the ban was part of the plan to properly utilize spaces under flyovers and bridges.

He assured the transporters that government had already provided more than enough spaces for the affected operators at Ojodu Berger and Ojota, saying that a stakeholders' meeting would also be held this week to discuss and allocate spaces for operators at the said parks.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) yesterday appealed to the state government to carry its leadership along in its proposed plan to relocate some motor parks from their present sites.

Mr. Tajudeen Agbede, chairman, Lagos State chapter of the union, made the appeal while reacting to the development. He said the union had written several letters in the past to the Commissioner for Transportation, Elegushi, on the need for both parties to synergise on the matter and the need for government to always carry the union's officials along in its policy formulation and implementation for the convenience of commuters in the state.

"Such dialogue will afford us the opportunity to ascertain whether the new locations are suitable for our members and their intending passengers, especially during road constructions," he said.


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