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Why Ambode wants to banish yellow buses in Lagos



Why Ambode wants to banish yellow buses in Lagos

Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode has hinted of his government’s plan to remove yellow buses, better known as danfo, from Lagos roads before the end of this year.

The reason for the decision the governor explained was to, in reality turn Lagos into a megacity, by providing more efficient, well-structured and world-class mass transport system, which will ease movement in and around the state.

Ambode made this known when he spoke at the 14th annual lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) at the Muson Centre in Onikan with the theme, ‘Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge of Africa’s Future Cities.’

“When I wake up in the morning and see all the yellow buses, okadas (motorcycles) and all kinds of tricycles, I feel that the claim that we are a megacity is not true. We must acknowledge that it is a faulty connectivity that we are running.

“We have to look for a 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,” he said.

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The governor also stated in his speech that the focus and objective of his administration remains to ensure that Lagos State economy grows to become the third largest in Africa from the fifth it has attained and kept.

The governor did not however explain what he will do with okada riders, whose operations were restricted to the rural areas and streets of Lagos during the last administration, but seems to have returned to major roads and expressways they were banned from applying, since the coming of Ambode’s administration.

The governor did not also say what he was going to do about the growing number of tricycle operators in Lagos state, which he also noted is unbefitting of a megacity.


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  1. Johnson Amadi

    February 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    By the time he banished all the yellow buses, what will their drivers and conductors eat? Ambode had better put foods on their tables before throwing them out of business. The government should make life easy, not hard for its people

  2. Margret Dickson

    February 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    These danfo drivers and conductors are doing more harm to their passengers. It will be good if they can be taken off the roads of Lagos State. they are the ones who engage in public fight, abuse passengers and knock them down. All these are not supposed to be in a mega city like Lagos state. These buses are always dirty and smelling of different things, this shows poor management. Ambode should be fast in taking them off

  3. yanju omotodun

    February 7, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    What nonsense mega city is he talking about? This is Nigeria and not London, Ambode should wake up and stop daydreaming. Stop danfo bus is tantamount to inflicting suffering on lagosians.

    • seyi jelili

      February 7, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Must everyone stay in Lagos? No
      Lagos must be a mega city indeed.
      I trust Ambode, he is not a clueless governor, he is going to place down some palliative measures before venturing into this. Am sure, he will consult all the big agberos like the NURTW boss, and others before the action.

      Eko koni baje o


    February 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Well, I think I support the government of his chap called Ambode. He is trying and how I wish other states governors can follow suit , Nigeria would be a better place.

  5. Roland Uchendu Pele

    February 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Whoever isnt in support of this move is an enemy of Lagos, and should be sent out of the state. This is way to go, dear Ambode.

  6. Amarachi Okoye

    February 8, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Ambode is a criminal he want to do like fashola who band bike and later went and bring his own out.very soon ambody will bring his own buses out and write his name there.less be wise

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