Lagos unveils world class transport design

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

R-L Commissioner for Physical Planning & Urban Development, TPL. Wasiu Anifowose; Executive Secretary, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government; Hon. Olajobi Dawood Adeola; Representative of Lagos State Governor, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya; Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule and Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Prince Anofi Elegushi during the Stakeholders meeting on Oshodi Transport Interchange by the Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development at the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Secretariat, Bolade, Oshodi on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Photo Credit: Eniola Ajayi.

A world class transport interchange design for Oshodi in the heart of Nigeria’s economic capital city of Lagos has been unveiled.

The design which was presented during a stakeholders meeting at the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Secretariat is a public-private partnership arrangement between the Lagos State government and two firms, Ibile Holdings, Translink Capital Development Limited and Planet Projects Limited.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, who spoke at a Stakeholders’ Forum put together by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development on the planned regeneration of Oshodi, said the project was in line with his government’s determination to transform Oshodi into a world class Central Business District-CBD.

This is with business, travel and leisure activities conducted in a serene, secure, clean, orderly and hygienic environment.

Project duration
Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr Adebowale Akinsanya said the long awaited project would commence next week and would be ready in 15 months.

“The Oshodi you see today shall be a thing of the past in the next 15 months as a world class transport interchange will be coming up,” he stressed.

Three-pronged approach
Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs Yetunde Onabule said the concept of the regeneration plan was premised on a three-pronged approach including Urban Renewal, Environmental Regeneration as well as Transformation and Security.

“Oshodi in its present state currently accommodates about one million pedestrians daily with about 100,000 passengers daily accessing the 13 parks scattered within the area, while 76 per cent of the area is dedicated to transport and related activities, which led to serious traffic congestion and other environmental issues,” Onabule said.

Onabule stated that the new Oshodi CBD would not only reduce crime in the area, but also go a long way to address the environmental nuisance locations and areas of confusion often associated with the area.

Tourist destination
She said the new plan would also boost intra-tourism by making the area a tourist destination and increase the economic value of the State, where business, travel and leisure activities would be conducted in a serene, secure, clean and orderly environment.

“This plan would see the total rebranding of the Old Oshodi, thus turning Lagos into a befitting and an iconic international gateway to the rest of the world. It would also ensure an organised transport system that will ensure free flowing traffic,” she said.

She stressed that the project, which is a Public Private Partnership initiative between the Lagos State Government, represented by Ibile Holdings, Translink Capital Development Limited and Planet Projects Limited, would see the consolidation of all 13 city and interstate parks in the area into three multi-storey bus terminals to cater for parking and passenger demand.

Onabule further explained that the ‘terminal one’ running from Mosafejo Market Axis would be for inter-state transport activities, while the ‘terminal two’ and the third terminal running from the former Owonifari Market and adjacent to Nafdac, will cater for intra-city transport activities.

She emphasised that the terminals would have standard facilities including waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, driver lounge, parking areas, rest rooms among others.

“It would also come with accessible walkways and pedestrian bridges and a state-of-the-art sky-walk to link all the three terminals, introduction of bus lanes, lay-bys, introduction of green parks to soften the environment and proper waste management strategy, fencing, street lighting and a dedicated security team for Oshodi including surveillance tower, CCTVs and the likes,” she said.

She added that the total area of the development of the Oshodi CBD master plan which stood at about 70,000 square metres would also accommodate shopping malls adjacent to the bus terminals.

Stakeholders’ commitment
Chairman of Lagos State Chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Tajudeen Agbede commended Governor Ambode for the laudable initiative and pledged the support of his members towards the successful completion of the project.

Also, the Executive Secretary of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Mr Adeola Olajobi said with the project, Lagos had once again demonstrated its trend setting capacity.