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Governor Ambode to Remove Yellow Buses (Danfo) from Lagos Roads & reveals New Sanitation Policy

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Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday insisted plans are afoot to remove 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.

The Governor also said that his administration would soon roll out a comprehensive environmental sanitation policy that would make the city to be clean without much burden on the people in terms of taxes.

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 admitted 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.

“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,” Governor Ambode said.

He said the government was also embarking on massive reform in waste management system, expressing optimism that the plan will fully be actualized by July this year.

He said:

“We are also embarking on massive reform in the waste and sanitation management system. I don’t like the way the city is and the Private Sector Participants (PSP) collectors are not having enough capacity to do it but again should I tax people to death, the answer is no. I don’t want to tax people and so we need this partnership with the private sector so that they can invest in the sanitation management of the city and in no time maybe by July, the city will change forever.”

The Governor, who recalled the massive infrastructures being put in place in critical sectors of the Lagos economy such as transport sector, road construction and rehabilitation, construction of lay-bys, and flyovers among others, said the main objective of his administration remained the growth of the Lagos economy from 5th to 3rd largest economy in Africa.

On power, Governor Ambode said the major issue had always been with transmission and advocated an embedded power initiative that would allow clusters of Independent Power Projects (IPP) to run the cities.

He said he had remained focused on some issues such as infrastructure, security, job creation, power, adoption of technology as an enabler and driving investment through ease of doing business.

Pat Utomi, Governor Ambode

In his opening remarks, CVL founder and renowned development expert, Professor Pat Utomi said the idea behind the formation of the group was to get young people to begin to appreciate early what leadership was all about being service to the people.

Speaking on the theme of the symposium, Utomi said Lagos remained the best governed State in Nigeria in the last 18 years and a good example of what the country should be beyond and without oil.

He commended Governor Ambode on his leadership style and particularly congratulated Lagos for being named by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of the 100 most resilient cities in the world.

Chairman of the occasion and former Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke said the theme of the symposium was apt considering that Nigeria’s population by 2050 would have tripled and as such it was important for the country to start planning for livable cities.

He commended Governor Ambode over his achievements in office so far, saying that it was obvious that the Governor has been performing very well and he is a good example of continuity in governance.

On his part, Director of Centre for African Economies, Oxford University, Professor Paul Collier said from his over thirty years experience of coming to Nigeria, Governor Ambode has proven himself to be the third excellent Governor in a row in Lagos.

Collier, who was the keynote speaker, said judging by the population projection of Nigeria by 2050, now is the time for the country to start building its cities to conform with modern trend.

He said Nigeria’s oil had been a course which messed up the economy, and so there was a need to start proper planning for development.

As a way out, Collier suggested an alliance between the business community and political actors, saying that to build a city that works, attention must be focused on energy and connectivity.

Source: The Lagos State Government | @followlasg

27 Comments

  1. Kanyinsola

    February 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Remove Danfo from Lagos Kwa!????
    I can’t wait to see that happen oooo! That would be the day!!!! ?

  2. Marian

    February 6, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Nice, but what will happen to all the people who depend on this to feed their family?
    I don’t think this is the most appropriate time to implement this wonderful policy and I won’t be surprised if crime goes up as a result.
    They also need to expand a lot of roads and build more pedestrian bridges.

    • Ottawa Queen

      February 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      That’s when the real hoodlums the Lagos police commissioner is warning us about, will surface! Ambode better create sufficient employment.

    • QuietStorm

      February 6, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      What happened to typewriters after the invention of the computer? Radio after CD and mp3. It is inherent in nature to move towards progress… lest we forget, nature abhors a vacuum. Rather than commend a wonderful initiative, your comments insinuate maintaining status quo at the detriment of human life and health. How many have perished in those vehicles that won’t be accepted in any sane country? Let alone the environmental pollution as a result of poor management. If you’re against it, please move to one of the backward states. Eko oni baje o

    • Me

      February 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      It is not compulsory to live in Lagos. It’s about time people got that into their heads. Does every British person live in London? Lagos is an expensive city, and not everyone can afford it. But by force, they must live in Lagos. High time people started remembering their villages and go and farm. Anyone caught committing any crime undertake guise of ‘I can’t afford to survive, but I must live in Lagos’ should be sent to a govt owned farm, and made to earn their keep. Enough of this indiscipline!.

    • Tosin

      February 7, 2017 at 8:27 am

      THIS is often the attitude of the eko o ni baje crowd. It needs to be critiqued. It is daft and backward. Study and come back and say it’s not daft or not backward.

  3. Tosin

    February 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    These ones are just trying to vex people today. Repeal and replace, ko? Kwantinu.

  4. #Proudnigerian

    February 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Wawuuuu!! I think Ambode wants a deadly protest to ensue . I dey fold arms dey look . Truth be told the Danfo buses are really a menace. The pilots drive anyhow, stop anywhere .let’s see if this works considering lasgidis population.

  5. #Proudnigerian

    February 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Wawuuuu!! I think Ambode wants a deadly protest to ensue . I dey fold arms dey look . Truth be told the Danfo buses are really a menace. The drivers drive anyhow, stop anywhere .let’s see if this works considering lasgidis population.

  6. Identity

    February 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    This is not the solution to the problem, besides rendering people jobless, the governor is about to strip Lagos of it’s identity. We need a better road network, alternative means of transportation and an automated ticketing system, more environmentally friendly buses and private sector partners to invest in the transportation industry.

    • ifffii

      February 7, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Its not only strip lagos of its identity. *rme*

    • Mama

      February 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

      As in, I can’t even laugh. Strip Lagos of it’s identity kwa! So these dilapidated death traps are the identity of Lagos. In that case Lagos should be ready to be striped completely NAKED. Eyah… see how some Nigerians have become comfortable with sufferhead sha. You people don’t know what you deserve o.

    • Mama

      February 8, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Its

  7. A.D.A.

    February 6, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Apocalypse Now.

    • A Real Nigerian

      February 6, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      A beautiful and outstanding film ?

  8. tgirl

    February 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    This is selfish interest, they are using govt money to invest for their own use. PSP made lagos, so now they want to eradicate them and put it under their own umbrella.

  9. sharon

    February 6, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    What about the agberos on the streets? Are they going to harass the new bus drivers? The rail system isn’t ready yet, are there going to be enough buses to transport lagosians?

  10. o

    February 6, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    What is Lagos without danfo?? ?? Red bus is to London what danfo is to Lagos ??. On a serious note, I hope he’s ready to reform the plenty agberos, bus drivers and conductors and give them good jobs in the new transportation system??! If not, that will be asking for big trouble as crime rate will increase

  11. EE

    February 7, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Don’t know which will be worse, more BRT or Ambo atide handing Uber a Lagos monopoly. Because you know its going to end up being one of the above, dis nah Naija.

  12. tunmi

    February 7, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Is he removing them because he doesn’t like them or because they are inefficient??

  13. Anonymous

    February 7, 2017 at 3:37 am

    We obviously dnt know what we reall want judging from comments. It seems like everyone has got a solution and a suggestion to what government needs to do. We scream we want good transport system yet the government is working hard to get to work we are still complaining. The truth is if we must get a Nigeria we want alot of things will go wrong, people will be affected because change is a very difficult thing especially when we are too used to a thing that we dont even know how it is to have it better. Till we are ready to go through the process we might just continue doing it the usual way. Imagine a lagos with a better and organised Transport system, overhead bridges and stable independent Power, guys they are good to go and be an independent Country. Lagos is the one State that generates its funds independent of Federal Govt even the capital Abuja has got nothing aside what the government provides.

    May God grant him the zeal and ability to fulfil all he said. At the end of the day its for the good of everyone. Lagos is a proof of a work in progress. I have followed that state closely and I wish other States esp Rivers and Delta the oil States learn a thing or two. To me Portharcourt is not a City, I rather live in my Village than live in that slum. Never had a good Governor in Rivers State and I wonder what they have been doing as an oil State.

    Atleast Ambode is open to get it right. Lagosians support him, lets not be quick to condemn everything. I pray this man succeeds and give Lagosians what they truly deserve and place them among mega cities of the world.

  14. Jay

    February 7, 2017 at 9:00 am

    That’s how we got scared when bikes were ban in Calabar but it was d best thing that happened in d long run. It may be uncomybut it will turn out fine. Those buses are a menace to Lagos state.Some shouldn’t be on the road at all.

  15. Jay

    February 7, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I think it will turn out for the best in the long run.

  16. Ouch!

    February 7, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Copycat politicians, Oya remove them naa and fail to create another means of livelihood for them. You will see what Lagos will turn to

  17. ifffii

    February 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Obviously a better transportation will be provided for people. These bus drivers and conductors will most likely be rehabilitated. I don’t understand why people want to remain stagnant. Those danfo drivers need to go we need replacements. They are reckless drivers, their buses are more often than not in a terrible state but trust Nigerians with the “let us continue to manage” attitude. Sometimes we need to move forward, if not for now think about the impact it will have tomorrow on us and our children.

  18. NG

    February 7, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    The need for this has been on for a while now but governments in Nigeria are insensitive and get away with murder. That is why he can flippantly talk of rendering thousands jobless without batting a lid. A truly progressive and cerebral government will know this is a program that should be phased over a long time to enable people dispose of the vehicles and find other means of livelihood. Wish i had done what i thought to do like 5 years back on this by informing the government to start early on a phase out program since anyone looking at Lagos knows this is an inevitability.

  19. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    February 7, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Governor Ambode needs to be very careful. Reconsider the speed at which the Lagos State Government will totally banish the yellow buses from Lagos roads. Avoid creating unanticipated problems. by worsening the unemployment situation in the Country. The Governor needs to be asked this legitimate questions. Has the State already taken into consideration how many Nigerians/ Lagosians will this exercise affect. Secondly, How much is it going to cost the State government to compensate the owners/drivers of those buses. Thirdly, who is going to pay for it. Fourthly, The Governor said earlier that’s a private partnership will take care of it. The Legislators in Lagos needs to take up the State Governor to prevent the Sntate governor from mortgaging the future of our children’s born and yet unborn. I will institute a legal action to force the Lagos State government to tell us exactly how much all this will cost Lagos State government. . How long will it take the private partners to get paid. All this documents be made public for everyone to see.

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