In the aftermath of the ban on inter-state bus operators loading on Ikorodu road, the bus operators who are yet to comply with the seven day ultimatum of vacating the loading stations at Jibowu and Yaba respectively have devised other means to operate in the area.
Recall that the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode through the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Steve Ayorinde on Wednesday, September 2017, announced the restriction of the operation of inter-state buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks.
When InsideMainland visited the Jibowu loading station earlier today, Friday, 22 September 2017, it was discovered that rather than abide by the ultimatum, some of the operators now use the inner streets around Jibowu, Lagos Mainland, to serve as their loading spots. The bus operators receive passengers who regularly throng their loading stations before marching them to loading spots.
Prominent among the bus operators who adopt this means is the God is Good Motors. The inter-state bus operator currently uses Igbobi Sabe and Oweh Streets, Jibowu to serve as the loading spots for passengers. The bus attendants to aid the passengers, now serve as luggage carriers for passengers who are yet to familiarize with the new arrangement.
In addition, God is Good Motors now have a building on Oweh Street where bookings, passenger luggage and other registrations are carried out.
Speaking to InsideMainland, some of the passengers expressed their displeasure over government’s decision considering the proximity of the Jibowu and Yaba parks to their residence. The passengers argued that the government should reconsider the decision in order not to affect businesses.
Meanwhile, the Ojota branch of the National Union for Road and Transport Workers (NURTW) has insisted that the park is ready to accommodate inter-state bus operators who have been ordered to relocate to the garage.
“We have allocated spaces for the private operators to carry out their businesses in the garage,” Comrade Francis Olasanoye the Secretary of NURTW, Ojota, told InsideMainland.
He further stressed that there is no reason for the transporters who currently use the Ojota park not to be willing to accommodate the inter-state bus operators as every transport operators are one.