- The Lagos commissioner of transportation has disclosed that 3000 youths would be employed via 13 soon to be opened bus terminals
- The commissioner stated that the facilities would also increase transport connections and inter-modal connectivity in the state
- He also noted that there are about 900,000 people living in Ikeja alone; and that the state capital is a major transport hub on the Lagos mainland
The Lagos state government has disclosed that it has procured over 800 buses to kick-off operations at the newly inaugurated Ikeja Bus Terminal. It also announced that construction works are ongoing in 13 different bus terminals that will employ 3000 youths in the state, Tribune reports.
The development was made public by the state’s commissioner for transportation, Ladi Lawanson, over the weekend.
NAIJ.com gathers that the commissioner stated that the new terminals would check the one-chance menace, kidnappings and accidents associated with the state’s current commercial bus regime.
He stated: “Constructions are ongoing in 13 different bus terminals across the state to leverage their various operations.
“We have Alapere Bus Shelter, Ilupeju Bus Depot, Yaba Bus Terminal, Anthony Bus Depot, Maryland Bus Terminal, Agege Bus Terminal, Ojota Bus Terminal, Oyingbo Bus Terminal, Tafawa Balewa Square Bus Terminal and other proposed corridors.
“These facilities will provide over 3,000 jobs for youths and increase transport connections and inter-modal connectivity in the state. The idea is to cater for Lagos residents of especially lower and middle classes, who cannot afford to fund their own cars every day.
“We should be expecting some buses like over 800 that Lagos state government has procured to kick-start operation for the benefit of the residents.”
Lawanson noted that there are about 900,000 people living in Ikeja; and that the state capital is a major transport hub on the Lagos mainland.
He said: “Ikeja Terminal is a key transport infrastructure constructed to improve efficiency in system connections, reduce traffic congestion caused by ongoing street loading and dropping off of passengers, reduce environmental pollution and improve security and safety of the commuting public."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that for the first time in his three years in office, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Lagos state on March 29 for a 2-day visit.
The president was in Lagos to inaugurate the Ikeja Bus Terminal which is expected to commute more than 100,000 residents across 23 bus routes in the state.
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