Lagos to deliver Oshodi terminus in 2019

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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.

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