The Lagos State Government on Wednesday gave operators of interstate buses in Jibowu a seven-day ultimatum to vacate their parks and move to the motor parks in either Berger or Ojota.
The state also announced a restriction of the operation of inter-state buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road corridor.
The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde told journalists during an inspection tour of ongoing construction of a modern bus park and beautification in Yaba that the decision of the government was in line with the determination of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to free the city of avoidable nuisances, and to install sanity and civility in the environment.
“This is a follow-up on the visit of Governor Ambode to this axis last night. He 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.
“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,” Ayorinde said.
Speaking on the reason for the ban, Ayorinde said activities of the operators had not been tidy and decent despite repeated warnings, and that government could no longer watch such continue in the overall interest of the people.
“Take for instance, the new Jersey Barricades here are being destroyed and they are built with taxpayers money. Yes, the initial accident was caused by a vehicle but we have seen people showing disrespect to taxpayers money and that we can no longer allow.
“We have also see the way vegetal 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.
“In the overall interest of the public, what is tidy, what is decent and civilized is to move them where they really belong so that we can free the city and you know what we are doing in terms of the overall plans for the city. There are major bus terminals springing up. People have seen what we are doing in Yaba which will be ready by December; they have seen what we have done in TBS and Ikeja, which are all part of the overall plan. And part of what the Governor has said is that every area like that, we will add a beautification plan to it. So, what we have done is in the best interest of Lagosians, taxpayers and the public,” the Commissioner said.