Mixed Reactions As Lagos Plan Phase Out Of “Danfo” Buses. The Lagos State Government, yesterday, said it would in the course of time phase out the use of the popular yellow buses, also known as Danfos as well as other rickety buses on roads in the state.
Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola disclosed this earlier at the ministerial Press briefing in commemoration of the first year in office of the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in Alausa, Ikeja.
Dr. Mobereola said that of the 1, 023,812 vehicles inspected by the state transport enforcement agencies between May, 2015 and April 2016, 181, 986 were impounded or fined for violating the State Road Traffic Law 2012.
Worried about the number of rickety buses plying the state roads, the commissioner said that plans have been concluded to professionalize and re-brand public transport system in Lagos State.
The plans according to Mobereola, will see the systematic phasing out of the current 14-seater Danfo and replace them with 30-seater vehicles with air conditioners.
He stated that the re-branding would also include introduction of new number plates, colour uniformity and body tags for all public transportation to ensure a more secured, safe and comfortable system that befits a mega-city.
Dr. Mobereola explained that the transformation was to encourage people to use the public transportation system and leave their private cars at home, as this would help decongest the traffic on the roads.
In a similar development, the Lagos State Government has released a timetable for the completion of the Lagos Light Rail project, spanning from Mile 2 through the National Theatre to Marina in Lagos.
Determined to address the transportation challenges being faced by residents of the state, Dr. Mobereola disclosed that the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) has prosecuted the Lagos Light Rail Project to a certain level.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday allayed fears that plans by his administration to phase out the yellow commercial buses, popularly known as Danfo would lead to massive job losses, saying that it would instead create more jobs in the transportation sector.
The Governor, who spoke at the May Day Rally held at the Agege Stadium to commemorate the 2017 Workers Day Celebration, said the Bus Reform Initiative, aimed at introducing over 5000 air-conditioned buses to replace the Danfo buses would open new vista of opportunities, while also redefining the means of road transportation in the State.Responding to the fears raised by the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos Council, Comrade Idowu Adelakun and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Comrade Francis Ogunremi on the implications of the initiative to drivers, conductors, mechanics and other artisans, Governor Ambode assured that it would benefit all Lagosians on the long run.
He said: “If Lagos is to be globally competitive, we need to change the outlook of the way the city runs. What is of paramount interest to this government is to make sure that every Lagosian has a comfortable means of moving from one point to the other. But I promise you there will be no job losses.
“The Governor is not interested in driving all the new buses. It is the same bus drivers, the technicians, the mechanics that will also still be employed and trained to use these new buses. Instead of job losses, we are going to employ more people for the greater number of the buses and it will make the city more beautiful and more comfortable for all our workers.”
Governor Ambode, who also addressed the request of the labour leaders on workers’ welfare, assured that as the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) continues to increase, his administration would work out modalities to improve the welfare of workers in line with his mantra of all-inclusive governance.
The Governor said that his administration was ready to look into the plight of pensioners as regards the pace of paying pension, assuring that the process would be fast tracked immediately.
“Just like we have said, we have provided vehicles for the unions but again it has not gone round and it has also not gone round to the private sector unions, we will complete the whole scheme before the end of the year,” he said.