Special Report on New Bus Terminal in Ibadan
Transportation be it road, air, rail or water forms one of the sectors that keep a nation’s economy active.
To enhance the activities of the transport sector in Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde on assumption of office embarked on the construction of four ultra modern bus terminals.
Two out of the four terminals were inaugurated at Ojoo and Challenge areas of Ibadan.
The Ojoo and Challenge bus terminals completed and inaugurated by Governor Seyi Makinde were two out of the four interstate terminal in the agenda of the his government.
Other two terminals under construction are terminal 1 and two at Iwo road. Prior to the creation of the terminal, interstate buses and cars owned by individuals conveyed their passengers at various mini motor parks as well as along the roads.
Numerous to mention among the dangers posed by this menace is accident, traffic hitches and kidnap of passengers by unidentified commercial motorists.
Completion and inauguration of the bus terminal at Ojoo for instance has led to the disappearance of other sub interstate motor parks and roadside vehicles picking passengers along the high way known in Yoruba as “soole”.
Among the facilities available use by passengers and drivers at the terminal are water treatment plant, restaurant, bar, loading bay, clinic, information desk, passengers’ relaxation floor among other facilities.
But for the loading bay, power plant, relaxation centre, toilet and the general platform, other facilities such as the clinic, restaurants, and bar are not functional.
The story is the same at the Challenge Bus Terminus
While the structure of the terminal according to some traders had beautified the immediate environment, enhance economic activities, the sudden disappearance of other micro inter state parks had reduced the patronage of customers.
Two park managers at Ojoo bus terminal, Akinyele branch 1, Mr Oluwole Akanbi, a senior manager at the park, Mr Kabiru Azeez and their counterpart branch secretary, South East Local Government in charge of Challenge bus terminal, Pastor Adebayo Arigbabuwo appreciated the initiative of Oyo State governor for building the ultra modern terminal, saying the project had further standardized their operations.
The park managers, who said security of life of passengers was better guaranteed, explained conflict within the premises were being prevented to the barest minimum.
Mr Akanbi, Azeez, and Arigbabuwo, however, appealed to the government to expedite action on the remaining parks.
Commenting on the essence of the terminal, the Oyo State commissioner for Transport and Public Works, Professor Kehinde Shangodoyin said the terminal were put in place to enhance the economic activities of Oyo State.
If you want to use transportation to expand, you must look at infrastructure that will support transportation system in that city”
Professor Shangodoyin said the safety of passengers is guaranteed as records of the vehicles and passengers enroute the terminal were always taken.
The transport and public works commissioner appealed to passengers to board vehicles within the terminal and avoid patronizing roadside commercial motorists whose identity remain unknown