By Moses Adeniyi
The BRT corridor linking Oshodi to Abule-Egba along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, will be ready for commuting in May, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed on Sunday.
With the opening of the section of Oshodi to Abule-Egba BRT corridor, no less than 200 buses will be launched to kick start traffic along the route, the Governor further disclosed.
He further disclosed that depending on traffic needs, the number of bus provision to ply the route may be increased to over 300 based on needs.
The Governor in addition, stated that there are possibilities of kick-starting a second phase of the project that will extend to the old toll-gate border between Ogun and Lagos States in a bid to ease traffic congestion from neighbouring Ogun State to Lagos.
Making the closure during a tour to assess the level of work in progress along the route, Sanwo-Olu said: “We are hoping to start with about minimum of 200 buses, once we come and we see the scaling up, the BRT can move up to 300 and 350 buses, based on the traffic that we see and the utilization of the corridor.
“Once this is completed, there is likelihood that we do a phase II of the project which will take us from here into Ogun State, where we have old toll plaza.
“We want to reduce the traffic from the whole neighborhood in Ogun State to Oshodi.
“Before the end May, we should complete the entire Infrastructure along this road.”
Remarking further on the commitment of the Administration to ensuring the project is brought to completion in due course, the Governor said: “In the last seven months we came in, works has not stopped on this corridor.
“In terms of mathematics, I cannot say it was at a particular percentage, but what I remember is that when I came here last it’s not what they look like.
“Essentially, we are pushing the contractors to ensure that all of infrastructure that is required to put this to use are achieved.
“The contractors has not been denied finances and we are going to ensure we work with them.
“We are going to ensure that the Commission date is sacrosanct. We will Commission it on the date we have set out for ourselves.”
Sanwo-Olu maintained that his Administration has continued to build on the infrastructural renewal projects which kick-started from the last administration.
He emphasised that the phase 1 of the project will significantly address transportation and traffic congestion along the route.
The Governor stated that the 13.68 kilometres stretch of road with 14 stations is about 70 percent near completion.
The 14 stations has 5 bilateral stations stations facing both sides, and 9 median stations.
The Governor however, sounded a note of warning to motorists in the State to desist from indiscriminate driving.
Lamenting that the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages has been frustrating the rapid completion of the project, he warned residents who habit the axis to desist from the act or face the wrath of the law.
“The situation with drainage here is human-induced because of the lifestyle of our people.
“I am aware that this whole drainage was cleared couple of days ago and we can all see the amount of rubbish that are left here now,” Sanwo-Olu said.