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.
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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