The event organized to commission the facility was attended with so much fanfare. The President of Nigeria – Mohammadu Buhari- did the honours of launching the landmark transport terminal situated in the heart of Ikeja.
Ironically, the terminal was touted as one of the best things to have happened to Lagos in terms of public transportation,. It was for this reason it was dubbed a world-class bus terminal and not bus-stop, especially after critics questioned the rationale of a president commissioning a ‘bus-stop’.
Months after its commissioning, the imposing public transport facility is yet to be put in use.
See more photos of the commissioned Ikeja Bus Terminal HERE
However, and oddly, renovation work is currently going on there.
The interlocking stones have been uprooted and a number of other things within the terminal are being reconfigured.
Interestingly, part of the reconstruction work going on within the facility is the erection of a privately-owned, but government-approved shopping mall.
The reason for the reconstruction of the Ikeja Bus Terminal is unclear.
The cost of constructing the Ikeja Bus Terminal was not made public. Thus, it is also unclear how much this afterthought will cost the tax payers in Lagos state.
The Ikeja bus terminal will serve as the hub of all transport activities within the Ikeja Zone, serving over 50,000 passengers daily and providing access to many destinations, including Oshodi, Ojota, Iyana-Ipaja, Maryland, Agege, Ogba, CMS, Obalende, and Iyana-Ipaja.
See below photos of the reconstruction work currently going on at the Ikeja Bus Terminal.