BY GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos
The Lagos State Government has sealed off the premises of some major commercial transport and courier companies, at Jibowu, on Ikorodu Road as it begins enforcement of the relocation of inter-state buses to Ojota.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Olufemi Salami ordered the seal off with the approval of the Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Anofiu Elegushi.
Among the companies sealed were Chisco Transport, Ifex Express Limited, and GUO Transport. Other companies, including God Is Good (GIG) and Peace Mass Transport, were ordered to immediately stop operation of cargo services around Jibowu.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Elegushi said it was a follow-up enforcement of a directive earlier this year, by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to all transporters operating around the Jibowu and the stretch of Ikorodu Road, to relocate their operations to Ojota, where the government had provided a land to accommodate them, now known as ‘Ojota Luxury Bus Station’.
According to him, the Ojota luxury bus station was being made ready by a concessionaire with whom government had entered into an agreement to build it, with modern facilities, provided, adding that all that the transporters were required to do was to comply with the government’s directive to relocate to the new station.
Anofiu added that the transporters would be expected to pay the concessionaire, to use the new bus station, saying the amount to be paid would be negotiated.
Earlier after a meeting with stakeholders, Elegushi declared government’s readiness to enforce the Road Traffic Law, saying that the state government in its resolve to take the economy to higher heights with the goal of making it the third largest on the continent would not sit back and encourage the flagrant disobedience of the law of the state, especially where and when it had to do with the security and safety of the people.
“Businesses and investments can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace, tranquility and obedience of extant laws. Indeed, our driving style and habits eloquently portrays us to the average first time visitor to our climes,” he stated.