The Lagos State Government has on Wednesday announced the restriction of the operation of interstate buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks.
Therefore, a seven-day ultimatum has been issued to the vehicle operators to relocate from Ikorodu roads to the designated inter-state motor parks at Ojodu Berger and Ojota.
The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde said this after an inspection tour of the ongoing construction of Modern Bus Terminal at Yaba and the beautification project at Jibowu,
He said the decision of the government was in line with the determination of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to install sanity and civility in the environment.
He said, “This is a follow-up on the visit of Governor Ambode to this axis last night and was very displeased with what he saw particularly in the manner with which long buses, inter-state buses are using the main town and what we have done so far is the initial announcement to say that henceforth, we will no longer allow inter-state buses to be along Ikorodu Road.
“Henceforth, they will have to go to Ojota and Ojodu Berger which are the two designated inter-state motor parks. The ones that we have here in Jibowu will have to move and there is a 7-day ultimatum for every one of them beginning from the ones in this axis to move.”
Speaking on the reason for the ban, the Commissioner said activities of the operators had not been tidy and decent despite repeated warnings.
He said, “Take for instance, the New Jersey Barricades here are being destroyed and they are built with taxpayers money. We have also seen the way vegetal nuisance have taken over everything particularly areas that are being used by the operators of the interstate buses in spite of the repeated warnings that this is no longer acceptable.”
The Commissioner said the affected stakeholders should work with government, assuring that the development would not in any way affect their businesses and livelihood.
Also, the Lagos State acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi said the ban was part of the plan of the government to properly utilize spaces under flyovers and bridges.
He said 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 on this week to discuss and allocate spaces for operators at the said parks