The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the state is making remarkable progress with the execution of the state’s transport masterplan, noting that three more ultra-modern bus terminals will be developed across different locations in the state.
The disclosure by the governor followed the completion and commissioning of a 700-capacity Benin Central Bus Terminal, at Obakhavbaye axis of Ring Road, Benin City.
The project was commissioned on Thursday, March 10, 2022, by the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
The facility is part of the government’s efforts to bring a new lease of life to the city’s transport scene and ensure an efficient commute service in the metropolis.
Speaking to journalists at the weekend, Obaseki said the government is systematically executing the newly-developed Edo transport master plan to improve the state’s transportation sector and ensure a modern, effective and efficient transport system.
According to him, “We have undertaken a transportation study and decided to have several bus terminals, starting with the 700-capacity Benin Central Bus Terminal.
“We also have other projects in the transportation sector. We are building other bus terminals: One in Ehor, Uhunmwode Local Government Area (LGA), another is located at Aviale, in Etsako West LGA, while the other is being sited in Okpella, Etsako East LGA”
He continued: “These are a part of the transportation master plan designed for Edo State. We are redesigning our roads to have bus stops and traffic lights, and move transport across the country through Edo State.
“We also have challenges, which is why we hope and pray that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) produces the next president in 2023. A major artery that links the north with south, the Benin-Auchi Road, is now a death trap.”
“Apapa Port is congested and as part of our master plan, we are constructing and building a Benin City River Port. We have finished all the studies and are now raising the money to make Benin have the full complement of transportation services,” the governor added.