From Yemi Shaba, Lagos
The Lagos State Government has officially declared that the ongoing Oshodi Transport Interchange would be completed within the first quarter of 2019. The project was earlier scheduled to be completed in October could not meet the set target.
Nevertheless, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Adebowale Akinsanya said in his statement that substantial progress has been made towards its completion. He promised that operation will commence immediately after the completion of the project to enable Lagosians commute on a daily basis in a comfortable accessible world class transport system.
The commissioner added: “At the moment, 83 per cent total work progress has been achieved, including completion of piling works on the three terminals and completion of the piling works for the Skywalks.
“Among others, we have also completed works on the pile caps for the three terminals, concrete works of the buildings, ground floor works on all the loading bays for the three terminals, erection of steelworks for the Skywalks and terminals and Taxi Park and car park area, while road works around the terminal are at an advanced stage as well as bus holding bays around the terminals also at an advanced stage,” he added.
Purposely to improve connectivity around the state, the Oshodi Transport Interchange Project (OTIP) is part of the state government’s Bus Reform Initiative. It will on completion consolidate all the 13 city and interstate bus parks into three multi-storey terminals, providing standard facilities including waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, drivers lounge, parking areas, rest rooms, accessible walkways and pedestrian sky-walks linking all the terminals. The project is purposely to transform the location into a World-Class Central Business District (CBD) to measure with the standard of Stratford and Victoria bus station in the United Kingdom.
Akinsanya, however, commended motorists and residents in the state for their patience and cooperating with government as work progresses. He assured that the state will not relent in her effort to complete work as scheduled.