LASG Orders Contractors To Complete Ayinke House In Six Months

LASG Orders Contractors To Complete Ayinke House In Six Months

…Commissions New Access Road To LASUTH

In a move designed to permanently remove difficulties associated with accessing medical care faster during emergencies, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday commissioned a new road linking the premises of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja from Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way.

Governor Ambode, who also inspected the progress of work on the LASUTH Maternity Hospital popularly known as Ayinke House, ordered contractors handling the project to work day and night to deliver it within the next six months.

The new road, which is 400metres long, is designed with street light, drainage, median and beautification features.

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Speaking while commissioning the road, Governor Ambode expressed delight at the completion of the project, saying it was designed to facilitate faster access to medical care, thereby saving lives.

He said it was a thing of joy that after about three to four decades, another access road had been created to LASUTH, just as directed the management of the institution to ensure proper usage of the facility.

He said: “We are very delighted to be here. We believe strongly that the major cornerstone for the growth of the economy of Lagos actually lies in the hands of all of you here because if we don’t have a healthy State, we cannot have a productive economy and that was why we decided that we would pay greater attention to the health sector.

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“We realised that just one entrance into this whole complex is too dangerous. It’s been like that for almost three or four decades and we are happy to be here opening another access road and thereby saving lives.

“That is the way it should be because patients can come in ambulance but held up almost thirty minutes and unable to disembark but this road will remove the tragedy that may occur through such and we are happy to commission this project.

“We are also happy that in another five to six months, we will be back here to make the Ayinke House functional and in addition to that, there are other two projects going on here and we have received assurances also that before May 2018, those ones will be completed also,” he said.

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While commending the management of the institution for performing creditably well, Governor Ambode assured that his administration would not relent in implementing policies and projects designed to scale up the health sector, and also monitor the performance of workers in the sector to ensure efficient service delivery.

The Governor specifically acknowledged the pressure on medical personnel in the State due to number of patients coming from other States and even countries in the West African region, and pledged to address issues relating to welfare of staff, especially doctors who recently raised question of promotion stagnation.

Governor Ambode, who also inspected ongoing projects across the State, ordered additional projects such as lounge for families of patients and canteen, as well as Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department to be included in the ongoing upgrade and expansion of Alimosho General Hospital.

The Governor said his desire is to upgrade the hospital to LASUTH standard, just as he assured that as part of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, the Igando Dump Site, which is a major eyesore, would be shut down and cleaned up to safeguard the health of people in the area.

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Earlier, Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Professor Adewale Oke commended Governor Ambode for his commitment to the health sector, saying several projects had been executed in the institution.

Speaking on the new access road, Oke said: “This is a dream come true. For many years, we have had problem with movement of patients into the hospital. Sometimes, they are in the ambulance for fifteen or twenty minutes before they can get in but this road has solved that problem.

“It is going to save our patients; it’s going to make access to the hospital very easy even for the workers. To add more to it, it is very aesthetically beautiful which complement the development that is going around.”

Also speaking, Professor Babatunde Sholagbero, Provost of Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), said the completion of the road was an eloquent evidence of promise made and promise kept.

He thanked Governor Ambode for facilitating the accreditation of Dentistry for the institution, thereby making Lagos State University (LASU) the only state university in Nigeria that has bachelor of Dentistry degree.

He added: “By the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, the accepted dentist to patient population in United States is 1 to 2000, but for Africa it is 1 to 150,000. So, for every dentist we produce, we will now have 150,000 Lagosians being catered for.

“Aside that, there are many other projects that the present administration has implemented in our institution and we are now a toast among committee of medical colleges,” Solagbero said.

On his part, President of Lagos State University Medical Students Association, Bada Akintayo Akinbobola commended Governor Ambode for his determination to scale up the health sector, saying LASUCOM is now regarded as the Harvard of Africa judging by the massive investment in the institution by the State Government.

We’ll Continue To Provide Quality Education For Our Children

We’ll Continue To Provide Quality Education For Our Children

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday said that his administration will stop at nothing to provide the very best of education for every child at all levels, in the State in line with its all-inclusive policy.

Governor Ambode who spoke simultaneously at the commissioning of several blocks of classrooms and school infrastructures across the State, said the Government’s resolve to ensure qualitative education for children prompted the investment of resources towards the provision and upgrading of infrastructure, particularly at the primary school level.

“More importantly, the basic education level is a crucial stage because it is the foundation upon which all other levels are built. It is our desire therefore to ensure that this level of education is strengthened to enhance the future prospects of our children and their ability to cope with the challenges of higher levels of education,” the Governor said.

Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd right); Commissioner for Youth & Social development, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (right); Chairman, Agbado-Oke Ode, Dr. Augustine Arogundade (3rd right); Permanent Secretary/Tutor-General, District I, Dr. Yinka Ayandele (3rd left); Chairman, State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), Alhaji Ganiyu Sopeyin (2nd left) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (left) during the commissioning of a 13 block of Classrooms at  L.A Nursery and Primary School, Oke Ishagun, Alimosho, Lagos, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd right); Commissioner for Youth & Social development, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (right); Chairman, Agbado-Oke Ode, Dr. Augustine Arogundade (3rd right); Permanent Secretary/Tutor-General, District I, Dr. Yinka Ayandele (3rd left); Chairman, State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), Alhaji Ganiyu Sopeyin (2nd left) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (left) during the commissioning of a 13 block of Classrooms at L.A Nursery and Primary School, Oke Ishagun, Alimosho, Lagos, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Represented at the commissioning of newly constructed block of 13 classrooms with other educational facilities at Community Primary School, Oke Ishagun in Alimosho by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs Oluranti Adebule, the Governor said his administration will not deviate from its vision to develop a robust public education system that can compare with the best in the world, just as he restated his administration’s commitment to ensuring that the ongoing rehabilitation and construction of classrooms is extended to all public schools in the State irrespective of the area and location.

The Governor thanked teachers in Lagos for their role in moulding the lives of children, assuring that their dedication to their growth and development will continue to be rewarded by his administration with improved welfare and working conditions.

“To our pupils, the future belongs to you if you listen to your teachers and your parents. You can achieve anything you put your mind to but you must work hard and pay attention. Read your books and focus on achieving your dreams and develop yourself daily,” he said.

Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (left); Principal, Lagos State Senior Model College, Meiran, Mr. Olatunde Issac (middle); Permanent Secretary/Tutor-General, District I, Dr. Yinka Ayandele (2nd right) and Principal, Lagos State Junior Model College, Meiran, Mrs. Oyedokun Olapeju (right) during the Deputy Governor’s inspection to the School premises on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left); Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson (left); Principal, Lagos State Senior Model College, Meiran, Mr. Olatunde Issac (middle); Permanent Secretary/Tutor-General, District I, Dr. Yinka Ayandele (2nd right) and Principal, Lagos State Junior Model College, Meiran, Mrs. Oyedokun Olapeju (right) during the Deputy Governor’s inspection to the School premises on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Besides, Governor Ambode also charged people of the community as well as community leaders to guard the facilities jealously, adding that they must be properly maintained so that they can serve for a long time.

The Governor, through his representatives also commissioned the newly rehabilitated Block of 32 Classrooms with Office and Toilets, School Hall, Fence, Gate House and Food Shop at Christ Church Cathedral Primary School, Broad Street; Block of 13 Classrooms with Toilets, Offices and Fire Alarm at Community Primary School, Abule Eko, Ijede, Lagos; Block of 13 Classrooms with Toilets, Offices and Fire Alarm at Community Primary School, Ado Ikosi, Epe, Lagos and Six Classrooms with Toilets, Offices and Fire Alarm at Odu Abore Primary School, Mushin, Lagos.

Meanwhile, Governor Ambode also commissioned nine newly renovated Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs), stating that one of the core policy objectives of his administration in the health sector is to build a vibrant healthcare system through the revitalization of all PHCs in the State.

At the commissioning of the newly renovated Pakpa-Uku Primary Health Care Centre, Agege, he said that primary healthcare is the bedrock of healthcare service delivery system worldwide as they are the closest to the people.

Represented at the event by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, the Governor said that the renovation and equipping of the Pakpa-Uku PHC is in line with State government’s desire to bring quality health care services close to where people live and work.

The newly commissioned 13 block of Classrooms at Community Primary School, Oke Ishagun, Alimosho, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
The newly commissioned 13 block of Classrooms at Community Primary School, Oke Ishagun, Alimosho, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Ambode while noting that the facility should be the first point of contact for all households within the community added that with the renovation of the PHC, the people of the community are assured of quality health care service delivery stressing that the PHC is equipped with medical facilities and personnel to attend to their health needs.

“Health conditions that are not within the capacity of this primary health care facility will be referred to the appropriate General Hospital for further examination and treatment”, the Governor stated.

Governor Ambode, through his representatives, also commissioned eight other newly renovated PHCs, including Sura Primary Healthcare Centre at Lagos Island East; Maidan Primary Healthcare Centre at Ikosi-Isheri; Orisunbare Primary Healthcare Centre at Alimosho; Agarawu Primary Healthcare Centre at Lagos Island; Oba Salami Primary Healthcare Centre at Yaba; Oshodi Primary Healthcare Centre; Onigbongbo Primary Healthcare Centre at Onigbongbo and the Ojodu Primary Healthcare Centre at Ojodu.

Meanwhile, the Governor while commissioning a modern Fibre Glass Boat donated to riverine Communities in Epe, assured existing and potential investors in water transportation of the commitment of his administration to develop the sector to international standards through construction of modern jetties and terminals as well as channelization of waterways.

Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left), addressing pupils of L.A Nursery and Primary School, Oke Ishagun, Alimosho,  shortly after the commissioning of a 13 block of Classrooms, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. With her are other Government Officials.
Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd left), addressing pupils of L.A Nursery and Primary School, Oke Ishagun, Alimosho, shortly after the commissioning of a 13 block of Classrooms, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. With her are other Government Officials.

 

Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande, said his administration was also making efforts to strengthen the regulatory framework for the effective monitoring of operators with an overriding objective of guaranteeing safety of lives on Lagos water ways.

He said that the boat was manufactured from durable Fibre Glass which makes it lighter and faster on the waterways compared to the conventional wooden boats, adding that it is also equipped with safety items, including standard safety vests to ensure that passengers are secured in the events of any mishap.

On the strategic benefits of the boat, the Governor expressed confidence that the Fibre Boats would give a boost to social and economic activities of the fishermen and fish processors in outlying island near Epe, by providing a fast means of moving their stock to the mainland while school children in the hinterland will be availed the opportunity of safe transportation to and from schools on the mainland.

 

 

Address Delivered At The Swearing In Ceremony Of The Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries At Lagos State Exco Chambers At Lagos House, Ikeja

Address Delivered At The Swearing In Ceremony Of The Newly Appointed Permanent Secretaries At Lagos State Exco Chambers At Lagos House, Ikeja

In the last Two and a half years, our administration has worked relentlessly to fulfill our promises to Lagosians. Our modest achievements in these past months would not have been possible without the support of the public service, most especially our Permanent Secretaries who have not only keyed into our vision of a vibrant Lagos but have also ensured that it becomes a reality through commitment and hard work.

I am not unaware of the fact that the Permanent Secretaries are supported by hard working Directors and other officers down the ladder of the Civil Service. I want to use this opportunity to reaffirm my appreciation and gratitude to the entire members of the State Public service for their dedication to duty, commitment and service to the State.

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We have just witnessed the swearing in of 5 new Permanent Secretaries in the persons of Mrs. Ibirogba, Clara Omotilewa; Mr. Ogunnubi, Timothy Olukayode; Dr. (Mrs.) Are, Suwebat Iyabo; Dr. Salaam, Taiwo Olufemi and Mrs. Awobamise Kofoworola Omotayo.

I wish to reiterate that these appointments are not just about filling the vacancies created by those who have retired, but a way of rewarding hard work and diligence.

As Directors, they have demonstrated loyalty and commitment through active involvement in the implementation of some of the policies of this administration. I therefore have no doubts that their appointment will be a source of encouragement to all officers who are diligent in the discharge of their duties as civil servants.

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Newly appointed Permanent Secretaries – Mrs. Omotayo Awobamise (Ministry of Information & Strategy); Dr. Olufemi Salaam (Ministry of Transportation); Dr. Iyabo Are (State Primary Health Care Board); Mr. Olukayode Ogunnubi (Ministry of Science & Technology) and Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba (Ministry of Establishment & Training), taking their Oath of Office, being conducted by Director, Legislative Draft, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Yejide Kolawole before Governor Akinwunmi Ambode during the swearing-in ceremony at the EXCO Chamber, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, November 6, 2017.

To the new appointees, it is my belief that you will continue to contribute your quota to the development of the State. This is no time to relent on your hard work but rather a time for you to come up with new ideas and innovation that will add value to our State in the way and manner government policies are implemented for the greater benefit and service of our people.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola (3rd left); newly appointed Permanent Secretaries – Mr. Olukayode Ogunnubi (2nd left); Dr. Iyabo Are (left); Dr. Olufemi Salaam (3rd right); Mrs. Omotayo Awobamise (2nd right); and Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba (right) during the swearing-in ceremon y of the Permanent Secretaries at the EXCO Chamber, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, November 6, 2017.

I charge all of you to rededicate yourselves to the tenets of the public service reforms we have embarked on and prove to the rest of the service your justification for the new elevation.

I thank the families of the new Permanent Secretaries for their support which has helped them to attain this height in their career. It is my hope that as always, you will continue to support them to be successful in their new positions as Permanent Secretaries.

I congratulate you all and wish you all the best in your new assignments.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Lagos House,Alausa

6th November, 2017

Lagos Targets 2Million Passengers On Water Daily

Lagos Targets 2Million Passengers On Water Daily

…We‘ll Explore Tourism, Economic Potential Of Waterways


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday commissioned three newly acquired executive boats by the State Government, with a pledge to fully explore the tourism and economic potentials of the waterways in the State for the overall benefit of the people.

Speaking at the unveiling of the boats held at Caverton Jetty in Civic Centre area of Victoria Island, the Governor said the State Government was committed to the implementation of the integrated transport management system designed to scale up water, rail and land transportation, saying that the grand plan is to divert at least two million passengers on the waterways daily thereby reducing traffic on the road.

He said the boats and four Jet Skis recently acquired by the State Government to ensure safety and fight crime on the waterways were prelude to major plans to fully activate the potentials of water transportation, while in coming months, the State Government would take delivery of additional seven commercial ferries, among other plans for the sector.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), exiting from one of the new Executive Boats acquired by the State Government shortly after the commissioning at the Caverton Jetty, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), exiting from one of the new Executive Boats acquired by the State Government shortly after the commissioning at the Caverton Jetty, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

According to him, “This is a significant day for Lagos State as we commission three boats belonging to the Lagos State Government. We discovered that sometimes, we do not have the ability for our officials to go on the waterways to address issues relating to people and citizens that live alongside the waterways.

“As you aware, twenty-five per cent of Lagos is water and it is important that we put in the right initiatives that can actually make activities on our waterways to thrive and the also people living along the waterways to bring them into proper perspective.

“Sometimes when dignitaries come from other States or countries, they are not able to see the true side of Lagos from waterways perspective and that is one of the reasons the State Government decided that we would procure the boats that would help us to promote tourism in the State so that people can see the great potentials of Lagos State,” he said.

Newly commissioned Executive Boats by the Lagos State Government at the Caverton Jetty, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
Newly commissioned Executive Boats by the Lagos State Government at the Caverton Jetty, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Governor Ambode said as much was ongoing on road rehabilitation and construction, as well as the rail system, the water sector was also experiencing specific initiatives such as construction of terminals, channelization, construction of walkways, among others to encourage more people to key into the sector.

He said: “As people are well aware, we are committed to the integrated transport management system that we have promised Lagosians. As much as we are doing on the roads, we have decided that we would face the waterways. We have just ordered the procurement of seven ferries; we have also invited people from the private sector to take over terminals and also be able to procure their own boats and ferries.

“We are so particular about safety; we are so particular about the future of everyone and that is why we decided also that we would do a lot on channelization and dredging on waterways to make it motorable. People will begin to see all these at the end of the first quarter of 2018 and we believe strongly also that both the government boats and the ones from the private sector will start to berth the waterways of Lagos and we will use that to complement what it is that we have on our roads and also use it to complement the future of what we are trying to plan for the rail system.”

He added that over six million people walk every day on Lagos roads and that accounted for why walkways were being constructed across the State, while there are plans to create connectivity between water terminals and the roads, especially in Badore, Ajah, Mile 2, Badagry, Ikorodu and other places where there are terminals.

While stating that the maintenance and sustenance of the boats had been outsourced to specialists to ensure proper usage, Governor Ambode also invited more private sector stakeholders interested to invest in the waterways to partner with the State Government, saying his administration is liberal, transparent and willing to collaborate with interested investors.

In his opening remarks, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya said about thirty commercial routes on the State waterways have been identified for dredging and channelization, while ten jetties spread across the State were being constructed, among other ongoing plans for the sector.

He also said that the Ministry was working in concert with the Ministry of Justice to enforce relevant laws guiding the waterways to ensure compliance with safety standards and checkmate any illegal activity by operators.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); Special Adviser on Sports, Mr. Deji Tinubu (2nd left); Special Adviser on Finance & Audit Control, Mr. Adeniji Popoola (left); Commissioner for Water Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (3rd right); his counterpart for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (2nd right) and Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (right) during the commissioning of new Executive Boats acquired by the Lagos State Government at the Caverton Jetty, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); Special Adviser on Sports, Mr. Deji Tinubu (2nd left); Special Adviser on Finance & Audit Control, Mr. Adeniji Popoola (left); Commissioner for Water Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya (3rd right); his counterpart for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (2nd right) and Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (right) during the commissioning of new Executive Boats acquired by the Lagos State Government at the Caverton Jetty, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Also speaking on safety plans for the waterways, General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Tiamiyu Adeshina said the Jet Skis would be deployed across the State to aid rescue operation in case of emergency, and also help to fight crime.

“Each of the Jet Skis has the capacity to carry two divers and the idea behind this is that when an incident occurred on the water, there is a Jet Ski that will move divers fast to the incident scene while the rescue boats are coming behind and when they get there, divers are dropping into the waters and as soon as they rescue people, we put them into the rescue boat and take them to hospital,” Adeshina said, just as he revealed  that training to that effect was already ongoing.

Also, the Managing Director of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, said the commissioning was the beginning of sustainable development for the waterways, adding that apart from efforts by the agency to enforce safety standards, the State Government has concluded plans to license 10 new operators who would provide better ferries.

The Governor also inspected ongoing projects on the waterways especially at Orange Island and Lekki Foreshore areas of the State.

Oshodi Interchange: Adhere To Safety Measures, Lagos Counsels Motorists, Residents

Oshodi Interchange: Adhere To Safety Measures, Lagos Counsels Motorists, Residents

…Says Project ‘ll Redefine Public Transportation, Engender Economic Growth

The Lagos State Government on Sunday urged motorists and other road users to strictly adhere to safety rules and measures already put in place to prevent any disaster as a result of the ongoing construction of Oshodi Transport Interchange.

The project, which is being executed on behalf of the State Government by Messrs Planet Projects, an indigenous firm, seeks to create a world class central business district with focus on transportation, security, environment and urban renewal. The interchange has 3-multi-storey bus terminals with waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, drivers lounge, parking areas, conveniences, surveillance tower and CCTV gadgets.

Other features include accessible walkways, pedestrian bridges/sky-walks to link the three terminals, shopping malls with street lighting and a dedicated security team on ground.

Upon completion, the project would bring about organised transport system, boost intra-tourism for Oshodi, bequeath iconic city gateway to the State, ensure secured and comfortable environment, as well as economic growth and job creation.

In a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the State’s Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu, the government said with the high level of construction work ongoing at the project site, it became expedient to advise drivers, commuters, road users and residents of the area to be vigilant and cautious of safety measures.

He particularly cautioned pedestrians to keep moving anytime they are in the axis, saying that the safety of residents is of paramount importance to the firm and the Lagos State Government.

Speaking on the safety measures, Hotonu said: “With the high level of construction at the Oshodi Transport Interchange, drivers, commuters and road users are advised to adhere strictly to safety rules and measures of certain risk around the zone.

“In view of the fact that the Lagos State Government places high premium on safety of lives and property of the people, we like to specifically urge road users along the corridor to avoid fallen object, deep holes, muddy road, dust, noise and heavy moving equipment crossing, among others.

“Furthermore, we like to counsel pedestrians to keep moving and stay safe when they are anywhere around the construction site in Oshodi. As a government, we are working hard to deliver the project on schedule and every effort needed to achieve it is being exerted,” he said.

Already, Hotonu said with the work on the project already at advanced stage, Oshodi was now experiencing free flow of traffic as a result of Traffic System Management (TSM) measures put in place, adding that upon completion, the project would redefine public transportation and foster economic growth and job creation.

Also speaking, Managing Director of Planet Projects, Mr Biodun Otunola said over 1,000 piles (22m) and pile caps have been installed, while the 3-multi-storey bus terminal buildings were at advanced stage of construction.

He said the cars and taxis parks were ongoing with massive walkway under construction, while lighting of the entire Oshodi area was ongoing, all of which were being done by over 500 workers on site.

Speaking further, Otunola said Oshodi lacked adequate pedestrian facilities, walkways, bus shelters and bus stations and the hub generally unorganized with the environment in a degraded state bringing about attendant poor transport facilities, overcrowding, huge traffic congestion and threat to security, a development he said necessitated the decision of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode not only to redesign the traffic flow but also transform the aesthetics of the area with iconic infrastructure.

Oshodi, arguably, is the busiest transport hub in Nigeria with over 5,600 buses loading per day and spread over 13 different motor parks, as well as over 200,000 passengers boarding per day and about 1million pedestrians moving daily in the area, with about 76 per cent of the entire area dedicated to transport and related activities.