Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commissioned the multimillion naira bus terminal at Oshodi.
The terminal will also service passengers using the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
The Mafoluku Bus Terminal was built by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) in collaboration with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), operators of the airport.
The terminal is a gateway station that will serve Mafoluku, Oshodi, and Ajao Estate environs, providing bus connections primarily to Oshodi Transport Interchange, Ikeja Bus Terminal, Mile 2 and other parts of Lagos.
The Mafoluku Terminal will also provide a means of connection to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) and the domestic wing of the airport.
During formal opening of the transport infrastructure, Sanwo-Olu said the project represented his Government’s objective of providing an integrated intermodal transport system through public and private investments under the Traffic Management and Transportation pillar of his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
He said the State Government’s partnership with the Federal Government on the project was borne out of the need to ramp up transport infrastructure around international gateway areas, thereby providing a common place for commuters and commercial vehicles to meet.
“The bus terminal we are commissioning today is the outcome of the partnership between Lagos State and the Federal Government, represented by FAAN. The construction of bus terminals and shelters is a crucial aspect of our Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) through which we have delivered and commissioned bus terminal in Oyingbo and launched Oshodi-Abule Bus Rapid Transit stations and corridor.
“Our collaboration with the Federal Government on this project is a solid example of public and public partnership, and reiterates the importance of thinking outside the box to meet the needs of our citizens. I am delighted to officially open this purpose-built structure to serve commuters in the local and international airports community and adjoining communities. Route services will be run from this terminal to make it a hub for local and international travellers.”
Sanwo-Olu said both LAMATA and FAAN would be operating transportation franchises in and out of the Mafoluku terminal. While LAMATA will operate passenger bus services to Mile 2 and Oshodi, FAAN will run the local and international airports passenger services.
The Governor disclosed that more bus terminals would be delivered in the coming months in Agege, Ojota and Ajah under the first phase of the implementation of BRI, stressing that transport infrastructure was being complemented by Blue and Red metro lines to achieve integrated transport system in line with the strategic master plan of the State.