Ambode Set To Banish Yellow “Danfo” Buses Within Lagos

Ambode Set To Banish Yellow "Danfo" Buses Within Lagos

One symbol that defines Nigeria’s economic hub of Lagos is the yellow “danfo” mini-bus, the closest thing to public transport in the chaotic, sprawling metropolis.

But on Monday Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said he plans to banish the buses by the end of this year because they are “not acceptable and befitting for a megacity”.

Ambode’s drive is the latest attempt in a seemingly never-ending campaign to tame the wild streets of Lagos, which is renowned for its traffic gridlock and crumbling infrastructure.

The governor’s goal is to replace the buses — as well as motorcycle taxis and three-wheeled motorised rickshaws — with a modern public transportation system.“When I wake up in the morning and see all these yellow buses and see okada (motorbike) and all kinds of tricycles and then we claim we are a megacity, that is not true and we must acknowledge that that is a faulty connectivity that we are running,” he said.

“We want to banish yellow buses this year,” he said in a speech, according to a state government news release.

“We must address the issue of connectivity that makes people to move around with ease and that is where we are going.”

Like other fast-growing African cities, Lagos, which is home to some 20 million people, has seen its population boom without the infrastructure to keep up with demand.

The first phase of a rapid transport rail system was originally due to open in 2014 and then in December last year, while there are even plans for a cable car system.The buses may not be pretty — many have doors missing and spew noxious clouds of exhaust fumes — while their drivers seem only vaguely aware of the highway code, indicators and the brake pedal.

But as a cheap form of transport, strictly enforced by a daredevil conductor often found hanging off the side of the bus, they are the preferred form of travel for many workers.

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9 Comments

  1. Hmmmnnn…..what then’ll happen to the bus drivers when their vehicles are banished from the road, i hope there is a good plan for them? Otherwise, we’ll have more armed robbers in our country.

  2. Those yellow buses, motorcycles and tricycles are really nuisances to other motorists, the members of the public and to the image of Lagos as an important gateway to Nigeria
    Most traffic hold up are caused by these means of transportation
    The drivers will stop anywhere to look for and pick passengers
    They block the roads and obstruct traffic without any regard to other road users
    They will never service their vehicle thereby causing danger and health hazard to the members of the public
    If Lagos is ever going to become the much desired mega city, these sort of eye sore need to be banished for good
    No nation has ever became great without making some sacrifices

  3. I fully agree with the Governor ‘s plan as those Danfos and Kelechi Marie’s are a menace on the expressway and when they hit you,they will start begging, turning out their pockets that they have no money!!!! Also they have inexperienced drivers!!!

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