AC Network communications www.adeecrowngist.com visited an area called Oshodi, it is a place in Nigeria located in city of Lagos, the said area called Oshodi has been a major problem due to dirty environment, irregular and unstable means of transportation, seeing people queuing for buses here and there for hours and thugs stealing from people around there. oshodi has never been a planned area until now, before now it as always just been unplanned transportation system area for the poor in Nigerian called (the Oshodi garage) which is actually a center where everyone mostly connects to a transport to their various destination, like In western world, they call it terminals, either buses or train terminals with many modern facilities in place.
Oshodi was Indeed disturbing, An eyesore and portrays Lagos in A Negative way due to unmodernized infrastructure in the area with Rickety commercial vehicles, such as what THE Nigerians calls ‘danfos,’ ‘molues’ Rickety taxi called cabucabu and thugs all around the place in Lagos and it is a common practice to see conductors hanging on danfos and molues buses, parking in an unauthorized places to pick passengers, thus, impeding the flow of traffic, among others.
The look of the area is really not advisable to let foreigners visiting Lagos or Nigeria for the first time after arriving at the Murtala Muhammed Airport to pass through such an unplanned transportation system in oshodi, these modes of transportation do not befit the status of Lagos as a mega city to be as planned by current administration of Lagos
His Excellency, Govenor of lagos Akinwumi Ambode as taken it has a challenge to restructure and re-transform the Oshodi to a modern terminal and the entire city of Lagos as he is fast working.
The new Oshodi Transport Interchange by The Lagos state governor as transformed some notorious areas in the state to places like the Victoria Island.
Oshodi is known for all kinds of notorious activities and according to the governor of Lagos state akinwumi ambode, said we want to totally do away with that belief, he further said the best way to go about it is to give the people world class facility and make them to live better lives. We want the people in Lagos and Oshodi to be identified with only good and not bad things and he said that was what made us to decide that the kind of development going on in Victoria Island, Lekki and other places in the state should be replicated in Oshodi as well.
His Excellency,Governor Ambode disclosed that one million passengers would transmit from the Interchange to different parts of Lagos and outside the state on daily basis.
He said the interchange, on completion, would have 18 lifts, six each for the three terminals that are equipped with CCTV, saying that one could predict when a bus would arrive at the terminal.
However, on completion, the Oshodi Transport Interchange will have three terminals. The first terminal will cater for inter-city transportation, where all buses going out of the state will take off and drop passengers on return. The second terminal will be solely for the Bus Rapid Transit, BRT scheme, that will cater for passengers commuting from Oshodi to Abule Egba, Okokomaiko, LASU and so on. The third terminal will cater for passengers navigating Oshodi to Ikoyi, Lagos Island, Surulere, Victoria Island, Ikorodu, among others. The Oshodi project will also make provision for a mega shopping mall to be built through a Public-Private Partnership, PPP, agreements at the third terminal. The three terminals will serve 1,000 modern buses. The terminals will also have 1,000 light effects to project the aesthetic of the ambience.
According to the people we interviewed On the street Of Lagos most people we spoke people said they want His Excellency, Governor of Lagos state Akinwumi Ambode, Must win the next election of Lagos state say’s people of Lagos after several interviews with citizens of Lagos states.
On completion of the project, “Oshodi will be a beautiful city. It will have the toga of ‘if you don’t spend a night in Oshodi, you have not visited Lagos State.’ It will be an iconic area where people will want to take pictures. This place will be tourism-driven. This project will be a national pride. We employ between 500 and 700 workers who work there daily and we pay them monthly and By the time we finish, this place will no more be a place for thugs.
The Oshodi Transport Interchange project has been awarded to Planet Projects Limited, an indigenous contractor that has executed worthwhile projects in the state, such as the world class Ikeja Bus Terminal. A tour of the project revealed that it has been 100 percent completed and and has been handed over to the Lagos State Government and was inaugurated by the president of the republic of Nigeria.
Biodun Otunola is the Managing Director of Planet Projects. More than 80 million people use public transport daily and no facility for them. If Lagos wants to be the third largest economy in Africa.