As part of the plans to ensure return of sanity and civility to roads in Lagos State, the government has announced the ban of inter-state buses from plying the popular Ikorodu Road.
According to the state government, inter-state bus operators have within seven days to relocate their parks to designated inter-state motor parks at Ojodu Berger and Ojota, after which stiff sanction would apply to defaulters.
Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, disclosed that the all the necessary quit notices have already been served on the affected operators. “This is a follow-up on the visit by the governor 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,” Ayorinde said.
“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 everyone of them beginning from the ones in this axis to move,” he added.
Commenting on the reason for the ban, the Commissioner said activities of the operators had not been tidy and decent despite repeated warnings, and that government could no longer sit and watch such to continue in the overall interest of the people.
He lamented that the drivers of the buses often violate traffic laws and destroy facilities built with taxpayers money, stressing that the government can no longer allow it.
“We have also see the way vegetable nuisance have taken over everything particularly areas that are being used by the operators of the inter-state buses inspite of the repeated warnings that this is no longer acceptable. Sometimes you come here late in the night and you encounter criminal elements and the government is saying we can no longer take this,” he said.
He, however, urged affected stakeholders to work with government, assuring that the development would not in any way affect their businesses and livelihood.
In his remarks, the State’s Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Anofiu Elegushi, said the ban was part of the plan of the government to properly utilize spaces under flyovers and bridges.
He assured 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.
He said at the expiration of the ultimatum, government would enforce the ban and any operator who flout the directive would be seriously sanctioned.