President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday hailed Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for developing the state within three years.
The president said this while inaugurating Ikeja Bus Terminal, shortly after arriving the state for a two-day official visit.
In his brief remarks during the ceremony, Buhari lauded Ambode for his reform in public transportation, and promised that the Federal Government would adhere to its plan for the ports and other transport infrastructure, TheNation writes.
The president added that his administration was committed to tackling insecurity, stabilising the economy, creating an enabling environment for jobs and returning Nigeria to its pride of place in the league of nations.
In his remarks, Gov. Ambode thanked Buhari for waiving the import duty on the 5,000 air-conditioned buses which will be operated from the terminal, adding that works were underway for the state to have an assembly plant for the buses in the next 20 months.
The governor stated that 5,000 buses would be introduced in the next three years, with the first batch of 820 environmentally-friendly high-capacity buses, arriving by September.
Works and Infrastructure Commissioner Ade Akinsanya said the terminal, which has a concourse for arrival, ticketing, waiting and departure areas, loading bay, ATM gallery as well as food court and parking facilities, is designed to change the face of public transportation and will convey more than 200,000 passengers daily to over 22 destinations.
The facility, which is sitting on a 10,000 square metre-land, is equipped with Intelligent Transport System (ITS), free Wi-Fi and electronically controlled shades, among others.
Through the ITS, passengers can be informed of the departure time and arrival of the next bus, which allows them to plan their movement.
The facility was designed and constructed by Planet Projects, an indigenous construction firm.