There were strong indications that the Governor Akinwumi Ambode administration will deliver most his signature projects, especially the 10-lane Airport Road, the Ikeja Bus Terminal and the iconic Oshodi interchange before he leaves office on May 29 this year.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamgbetan gave this strong indication in an interview recently.
Other projects he listed for completion in the life of this administration are the Abule-Ijesha Jetty, Oshodi-Abule-Egba road, among others
Bamgbetan said the government’s determination to ensure the completion of the projects before May 29, 2019 were central to the formulation of the 2019 budget. He said, “taking into cognizance the fact the 2019 budget is technically half year for the administration, it had to take stock of all ongoing projects with the view to determining the one that must be completed before this administration leaves office and the ones that could be left for the incoming administration to complete.”
He specifically disclosed that the administration’s Bus Reform Initiative has not been suspended or abandoned, saying the phase 2 of the Ikeja Bus Terminal commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, during his visit to Lagos State last year, the wing that will house the Mall, is on-going and will soon be completed.
“There is a second phase of the project that is already going on day and night. The plan is to activate the phase 1and 2 at the same time.
“What we are doing with such iconic projects is to make them people centered. We as a government in Lagos believes that such facilities that handle large mass of our people should be made to be of the highest standards, aside that, these facilities when completed will add to the aesthetics of the state,” he said.
He also said that the initial 820 environmentally-friendly high capacity buses being imported in the first phase of the bus reform initiative have already arrived and would be deployed once the facility is ready.
During the unveiling of the Ikeja Terminal by President Muhammadu Buhari last year, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, had said that the terminal signposts the commitment of his administration to reform public transportation infrastructure and management in the state, adding that the vision remained the provision of a functional, efficient and integrated transport system to support the populace and facilitate commerce.
He said: “In the last three years, we have committed to revamping and providing a new integrated transport system to support our growing population. We have initiated and completed the provision of infrastructure that are scalable and would support the daily needs of our people to meet their connectivity and mobility needs.
“The Ikeja Bus Terminal is one of our flagship transport infrastructure under the State Bus Reform Initiative. The first phase of this programme will see 13 new Bus terminals introduced including major terminals at Oshodi, Yaba, Ojota, Agege and the already completed Tafawa Balewa Bus Terminal.