Lagos State Governor to barnish yellow buses off Lagos roads

If there’s one symbol that defines Nigeria’s
economic hub of Lagos it’s the yellow
“danfo” mini-bus, the closest thing to public
transport in the chaotic, sprawling

But on Monday Lagos State Governor
Akinwunmi Ambode said he plans to banish
the buses by the end of this year because they
are “not acceptable and befitting for a

Ambode’s drive is the latest attempt in a
seemingly never-ending campaign to tame
the wild streets of Lagos, which is renowned
for its traffic gridlock and crumbling

The governor’s goal is to replace the buses —
as well as motorcycle taxis and three-wheeled
motorised rickshaws — with a modern public
transportation system.

“When I wake up in the morning and see all
these yellow buses and see okada
(motorbike) and all kinds of tricycles and
then we claim we are a megacity, that is not
true and we must acknowledge that that is a
faulty connectivity that we are running,” he

“We want to banish yellow buses this year,”
he said in a speech, according to a state
government news release.

“We must address the issue of connectivity
that makes people to move around with ease
and that is where we are going.”

Like other fast-growing African cities, Lagos,
which is home to some 20 million people, has
seen its population boom without the
infrastructure to keep up with demand.
The first phase of a rapid transport rail
system was originally due to open in 2014 and
then in December last year, while there are
even plans for a cable car system.

The buses may not be pretty — many have
doors missing and spew noxious clouds of
exhaust fumes — while their drivers seem
only vaguely aware of the highway code,
indicators and the brake pedal.

But as a cheap form of transport, strictly
enforced by a daredevil conductor often
found hanging off the side of the bus, they
are the preferred form of travel for many

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