Governor Ambode: “No More Danfo Buses In Lagos”.
The Governor of Lagos state, has declared that the use of yellow buses, otherwise known as Danfo will soon be eradicated and that the administration will soon roll out a comprehensive environmental sanitation policy that would afford the city to be clean without much burden on the people as regards taxes.
At the 14th Annual Lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) held at Muson Centre with the theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge Of Africa’s Future Cities,” the Governor had the following to say:
“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,” He said.
The governor went on to say that the government has started a massive reform in waste management system, expressing positivity that the plan will fully be actualized later on in the 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.”
On power, the Governor said the major issue was that population by 2050 would be tripled, and as such it was important for the country to start planning for better living and cities.
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