Commercial buses popularly know as “Dafo” is a major nuisance on Lagos roads. 85 percent of traffic in Lagos state are caused by them. Factors including lawlessness and complete disregard for others using the road is a common beviourial trend of Danfo drivers. But that will soon be a thing of the past now that the Lagos state government is preparing to phase out theses Danfos.
Quoting a statement made by Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, “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 it 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.”
The new buses are expected to be cheaper and durable and the government has advised Danfo bus owners to key into the project now before it is too late. The scheme would see to the introduction of higher capacity buses that would have 30 seats as opposed to 14/18 seats, while the buses would be Eco – friendly, air-conditioned, comfortable, support for maintenance and backed by appropriate workshop which creates jobs.
Danfo buses may soon become history as Ambode is set on making major restructuring that will change the outlook of the mega-city. His reasons for taking the yellow buses off Lagos roads are to give way to a more efficient, well-structured and world-class mass transport system that will boost the movement of people within the city.
If Lagos state keep to this promise, Lagos state transport system within the state will be more efficient.