#BounceExclusive: Have You Seen The New Ojota Motor Park?
Perhaps there is some ray of hope for the relocation of the famous Jibowu motor park to Ojota as equipment have been deployed to the site with construction work in progress.
Last month, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode directed owners and operators of inter-state commercial buses, including luxurious buses to move from Jibowu, Yaba to Ojota and Berger areas.
One of the complaints of the operators was that there were no facilities at Ojota that can contain the passengers.
The claim of the operators was corroborated when Bounce News visited the Ojota park few days after mobile policemen in several patrol vehicles took over the Jibowu interstate motor parks.
A visit round the place showed that contrary to claims by the government that it has made necessary arrangements for those coming in from Jibowu, there was nothing on ground.
But it seems the government has listened to the cries of the operators.
Bounce News' finding on Monday revealed the ongoing construction work in the new Ojota Motor park to include drainage, water channels, road network and other facilities to enable it function 24/7.
It was gathered that government decided to create a new park for the luxurious bus operators to avert a repeat of what happened in the past.
Some of the bus operators in Jibowu were actually operating at Ojota Motor Park before they were chased away by state authorities about 15 years ago.
It was leant that there were frequent clashes between the Luxury Bus Association of Nigeria (LUBOAN) and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) over the control of the park.
One of such clashes forced the Lagos State government under Governor Bola Tinubu to close down the park for weeks in 2002.
It was further gathered the irreconcilable difference between the two bodies forced Tinubu to order the luxurious bus owners out of the park in 2003.
An official of the Lagos State Ministry of Transport who confided in Bounce News revealed that the new park would have state-of-the-art facilities required by travellers and modern road transport operators.
He revealed that most of the facilities that would be put in place are in conformity with recommendations and suggestions made by investors and road users.
He listed the infrastructure to include toilet and bathroom facilities, water and power supply and security posts aided by CCTV..
The source added that the park when fully operational would greatly enhance internally generated revenue in the state.
He added that once the construction works are complete, the operators only need to approach the government for allocation of space to continue their operations at the park.
He, was, however silent on when the place would be ready for occupation by the operators.
When Bounce New visited the Jibowu loading station on Monday, it was discovered that some of the operators now use the inner streets around Jibowu to serve as their loading spots.
The bus operators receive passengers who regularly throng their loading stations before taking them to loading spots.
Prominent among the bus operators who adopt this means is God is Good Motors.
It currently uses Igbobi Sabe and Oweh Streets, Jibowu to serve as the loading spots for passengers.
The bus attendants who aid the passengers, now serve as luggage carriers as well.