Four months after the Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, announced the proposed ban of commercial buses also known as danfo in the state, some danfo drivers have expressed their displeasure over the news.
Drivers at the Ogba and Ikeja axis of the state expressed that the ban would yield negative results for them who have embraced the business as their only means of livelihood for years.
They noted that amidst the challenges faced in the delivery of their service daily, having to rely on it to fend for their families is key.
Some of the drivers who preferred to speak in Yoruba language for better expression of opinion, highlighted that the vision of bigger buses for transportation to the nooks and crannies of the state is not sustainable and may not deliver better transport service to the citizens as commercial buses had done for decades.
Ambode had in February said he would banish yellow commercial buses from Lagos roads this year.
Ambode spoke at the 14th Annual Lecture of the Centre for Value and Leadership with theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge of Africa’s Future Cities” held in Lagos.
Ambode said that connectivity was a critical element for a mega city to work, which required having mass transit system to move people from one point to another.
“I tell you what, I want to banish yellow buses from Lagos this year. “My dream of ensuring that Lagos becomes a true megacity will not be actualised with the presence of these yellow buses on Lagos roads” Mr. Ambode said.
The governor said there was still a lot more to be achieved as regard making Lagos one of the vibrant cities of the world.