Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said there were plans to remove yellow buses, popularly known as danfo, from Lagos roads.
He explained recently that danfo would give way to a more efficient, well-structured and world-class mass transport system that would facilitate ease of movement within the city.
Speaking 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,’ Ambode said “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.”
There is no gain saying the fact that the Yellow buses have become a pain in the neck of many Lagosians because of the menace they constitute.
But it is not enough to completely condemn all the Yellow buses because they contribute their own quota to the development of the state’s economy.
These yellow buses that can be spotted in all parts of the state have been the major source of moving persons and goods from one location to another.
The state government should also take into consideration the local auto industry in its drive.
To this end, we call on government to critically evaluate the pluses and minuses of these buses on Lagos roads before taking any major decision.
Government must not throw away the bath water with the baby, as the Yellows buses, make their own contribution in nation building.