​Lagos government says Ojota Park ready to accommodate interstate buses

The Lagos State Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi has assured that the Ojota Park is ready to accommodate the inter-state transporters currently operating from Jibowu and Yaba axis.
His assurances comes less than a week after the State Government announced the restriction of the operation of inter-state buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks.
According to him, the government is currently making efforts to re-arrange the Ojota Park with the view to properly utilize the available space.
While justifying the ban, Elegushi said: “There are two basic reasons for the ban. One, it has to do with the transport policy of removing inter-state vehicles from Lagos metropolis and taking them a little bit to the outskirt of Lagos so that buses with other colours will not come into the State and run intra-city transport.
“We are already constructing modern inter-state bus terminal at Ojodu Berger and we are planning to construct more in Epe, Badagry and other areas, and also properly plan our roads.
“Secondly, the ban has to do with the Master Plan of the State and there is no provision in the plan for such operation in Jibowu and Yaba axis. Most of the buildings the inter-state operators are using were formerly residential and we know the effect of their operation on the traffic and public infrastructure in the axis.
“If you look at the big buses, they don’t have enough clearance that will accommodate their turning radius and that is the reason for the damage on the public infrastructure,” the Commissioner explained.
The Chairman of Lagos State Branch of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Tajudeen Agbede has also assured that the Ojota park is raedy to accommodate the buses.
“Last Friday, the Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi visited this area with the State Chairman and we have cleared the new place where those affected by the ban will be operating from. We are fully ready to receive them and want to thank the State Government and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for this development,” he said.

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