Lagos Bus conductors get uniforms

BUS CONDUCTORS IN LAGOS GET TO SWAP THEIR MESSY CLOTHES AND OR GET CLOTHED FINALLY WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF UNIFORMS

I personally know how many buses I've missed because of the appearance of the conductors or sadly speaking how many rides were endured with my hands over my nose for the reason that they chose messy clothes that very day. 

In an announcement made by the National President of the Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria, BCAN, Comrade Israel Adeshola- bus conductors will start wearing uniforms and identification tags, as part of efforts to promote the Smart City Initiatives, SCI, of the Lagos State government, from the 3rd of August, 2017. He furthermore stated that the Lagos State government has approved the association’suniforms and badges with name tag and identification numbers for easy identification of registered conductors. In his remarks, the national president of the association, Prince Israel Adeshola, said the introduction of official uniform was to tackle the security challenges facing transporters in the state.

Bus conductors are being fingered as the culprits and accessories to the commission of crimes, which have over the years been plagued with the twin evil of ‘one chance’ and kidnapping through the use of commercial buses. Gone are the days when people attribute thuggery and touting to conductors, we are now organised with over 4,000 members in Lagos State. For anyone to be a bus conductor in Lagos, he or she would have to attend the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute before being given the official uniform and an identity card.

Urm, I don't mean to rain on the government's parade, but this same promise, an even more elaborate one was made about five years ago and it goes thus- The Lagos state government has taken a decision to transform the both famous and notorious yellow buses drivers and conductors in the city. Popularly known as Danfo among residents of the city, the government drivers and conductors of the buses will, from January next year, dress corporately in uniforms and badges. It also says Danfo bus drivers would now run eight-hour shift unlike the current practice where one driver drives a bus for the whole. Watch the video below to support my findings.

The re-branding of bus conductors in the state which is in partnership with the Lagos State Government is a project that has been in the master plan of the state government in a way to stem criminal activities and also protect the lives and properties of Lagosians. ’The BCAN has been partnering with the state government through the ministry of transportation to train members of the association who are now registered by the government.

Further progressing on this new law, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, said that the introduction of official uniforms for bus conductors will ensure safety and bring more development to the nation’s transport sector. So as commuter by public buses, I am supposed to feel safe via my regular Oshodi route, because the conductor is putting on a uniform? Does this mean the policemen that show no urgency in their duties as they do when trying to move through traffic jams with their uneccesary siren sounds, get a little less work assigned to them from the usual nothing?

'Around Nigeria in 72 Days' Challenge?

'Around Nigeria in 72 Days' Challenge?

If you never had to worry about money, what will you spend your time doing?

A young Nigerian man recently answered this question but has not only answered but has proceeded to do as he answered – travel.

Fu ‘ad Lawal, a young Nigerian writer and content strategist at one of the Country’s leading online media platforms decided to take up a travel challenge of traveling round the entire country in three months. This is no easy move actually commendable in a country that has been recently heated and torn apart with Tribal and regional tensions, from hate speeches amongst different regions to agitations and calls for secession. Beyond living his dream of traveling round the country, Mr. Fu ‘ad hopes to dismantle stereotypes and bring down narratives dividing the country through honest and well curated stories along his travel.

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Don't Look Up

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK UP TO CROSS THE ROAD NO MORE, YOU CAN TRUST THE PEDESTERIAN TRAFFIC LIGHTS ON THE GROUND TO GUIDE YOU WHILE YOU TEXT AWAY

Photo via cnbc.com

Photo via cnbc.com

Pedestrian and drivers’ Road Safety has been threatened globally since the advent of mobile phones and social media. Netherland is taking bold steps to ensuring safety on the roads. Most available measure focus on drivers’ safety. In Netherlands, the village of Earbeek installed glowing crosswalks, in a similar light another town in the country began a pilot project testing LED traffic signals in the sidewalks. The town of Bodegraven has upgraded the project and is now placing strips of lights glowing red to signal Pedestrians to stop and green to go. The strips of LED lights are placed at border of sidewalks and intersections. The colourful glow will draw the attention of the pedestrian while texting and walking to either stop or move.

Pedesterians on their phones / Photo via tonsofbuzz.com

Pedesterians on their phones / Photo via tonsofbuzz.com

Currently the LED strips are only being tested at a single intersection, but its designers at local company HIG Traffic Systems see the potential for future expansion.

Pedestrian traffic light

Pedestrian traffic light

Highlighting the rationale behind the new measure, Kees Oskam the local councillor of the town expressed acceptance on the increased trend of mobile phone and social media use he said

“As a government, we probably cannot easily reverse this trend, but we want to anticipate it in there.”

 

 

 

Uber-esque app for Keke Marwa

MATATU, AN UBER-ESQUE APP FOR TRICYCLE IS SET TO HIT LAGOS SOON.

Tech is providing solutions to real life, Nigerian problems. Innovation is best when it tackles relatable problems and this is why we are excited about this app. A new tech startup is ready to launch a Tricycle ride sharing service in Lagos, Nigeria. The app will make it possible for passengers to book tricycle rides to various location around town from the convenience of their mobile devices. To kick the product off, the app will be available on iOS and android operating systems. Through the app passengers can see available tricycles closest to them, book a ride and make payments for rides. Cash payment also are allowed. The developers of the app are promising safety to riders as they have gathered and trained many Keke Maruwa drivers, these drivers are signed under them. In accordance to the startup’s policy, all Keke Maruwa signed must be at most two years old.

Photo via insidemainland.com

Photo via insidemainland.com

Motor Tricycle plays a big role in public transportation in Nigeria. Looking out most Nigeria roads, these tricycles popularly called Keke Maruwa are seen transporting people and goods from one end of town to another. Most commuter prefer the Keke Maruwa to regular public buses because they’re easier to fill up, moderately open thereby allowing free air, less crowded, less bulky thereby easier to ride through traffic jams.

Tackling the fact that tricycles are not allowed into some areas around Lagos, the creators of Matatu plan on working with the state government to grant access to their drivers into these restricted areas.

Confirming the claim, Chief Executive Officer of Matatu, Samuel Ajiboyede said

We have had meetings with the state ministry of transportation on this technology. I can tell you that they are excited about it and have expressed readiness to work with us. We also discussed the need to grant Matatu special access to some areas that Maruwa operators are denied access and we have been assured that the proposal will be considered

The startup also hopes, just like Uber, to manage transportation businesses for Keke Maruwa owners who may not be available to monitor the daily running cost and logistics. Convenience through tech-powered innovations are meeting local peculiar Nigeria needs. More applications like Matutu are expected to make life easier for the average Nigerian. Lagos, get ready, Matutu is coming to meet you.

Photo via 247ureports.com

Photo via 247ureports.com

Convertible Air Luxury

THIS IS THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS CLASS! QATAR AIRWAYS' QSUITE CAN TRANSFORM SEATS TO BEDS AND LUXURY ROOMS TO MEETING TABLES. 

Qatar airways, rated second in World Airline Awards in 2016 and first in 2015 is introducing a premium feature putting them ahead in the aviation hospitality. The airways recently unveiled a new aircraft seating tagged QSuite, this is the future of business class, the suite allows passengers to personalize their air travel experience.

This experience took two years to set up, following the patenting of the seats this option is going public in the nearest future. The seats in the suite can be docked together to create the first-ever double bed available in business class.

Passengers can adjust the panels and move the TV monitor to centre of the four seats, this allows friends and families on board to transform their flying space into a private space or an mini working space for a meeting or a meal together.

This new move in aviation hospitality is expanding the possibilities of consumers on board, the future sure looks like more comfort and thanks to engineering, design and technology.