Lagos State Governor Insists on Removing Lagos’ Signature Buses called “DANFO”

Posted: February 19, 2017 in News
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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday 6th of February 2017, insisted plans are ongoing to remove the Signsture yellow buses popularly known as “Danfo” from Lagos roads for a more efficient, well-structured and world class mass transportation system that would facilitate ease of movement within the city. Speaking at the 14th Annual Lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) held at Muson Centre in Onikan with the theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge Of Africa’s Future Cities,” Governor Ambode mitted that the present connectivity mode in Lagos was not acceptable and befitting for a mega city, and as such a well-structured transportation mode would soon be put in place to address the challenge.
He said, “When I wake up in the morning and see all these yellow buses and see “Okada” and all kinds of tricycles and then we claim we are a mega city, that is not true and we must first acknowledge that that is a faulty connectivity that we are running.
“Having accepted that, we have to look for the solution and that is why we want to banish yellow buses this year. We must address the issue of connectivity that makes people to move around with ease and that is where we are going.
“For instance, people going from Ikorodu to CMS have started leaving their cars at home because the buses are very convenient and so why can’t we do that for other places? Yes, we don’t have the money to do that but we can go to the capital market and then improve on the technology of collection of fares and that will encourage investors and then the city will change,”

Ok, but we at naijadriva says that the drivers, conductors, “agbero” (motor park touts) and bus owners whose livelihood would be affected be employed when the new buses are operational, to avoid high crime wave in the metropolis. We also observed that mini buses (smaller than Danfo) are becoming ubiquitous in South Western states of Nigeria. More mini buses mean more buses on the roads to convey numerous passengers, hence more traffic congestion. Other modes of transportation like rail transport should suppliment road transportation.


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