Governor Ambode determined to rid Lagos of yellow buses (Danfos) by year end
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Monday, revealed that plans are well underway to remove all yellow buses from Lagos roads in a bid to create a better-structured and more efficient world-class transportation system befitting of a mega city.
He made this known at the 14th Annual Lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), held at Muson Centre, Onikan with the theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge Of Africa’s Future Cities.”
Governor Ambode lamented the poor connectivity that the yellow buses generally offered commuters and also suggested that, together with commercial motorcycles (okadas) and tricycles (Keke Marwa), they represented an eye-sore for a city with the aspirations of Lagos State.
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.
It, however, remains to be seen how the governor plans to achieve his aim within the specified period, especially given the sheer number of the buses and the inaccessibility of inner roads and streets by the BRT buses.