LAGOS STATE ANNOUNCES REPLACEMENT OF LAGOS' SIGNATURE YELLOW BUSES WITH A NEW SLEEKER TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION.
Lagos, Nigeria's mega city, smallest in the country but yet most populated. Lagos is a place for anyone, the rich, the poor, the average but one thing Lagos is known for, is traffic and hustlers. In a city like Lagos where everyone always has somewhere to be, owning a car can be really beneficial as it keeps you locked out of the noise and air pollution. At other times those with cars wished they weren't in one because of the horrible grid lock that lasts as much as three hours.This is when bikes popularly called 'Okada' becomes really handy. Moving by bus in many other countries is sometimes the most convenient way of transportation but in Nigeria, especially Lagos, a lot of people dread it. Considering most factors, they can't be blamed.
The signature yellow buses known popularly as "Danfo" are not in anyway comfortable and to make matters worse, most of the bus conductors are uneducated and annoying but from years of experiencing their trouble people got used their tactics. A huge sigh of relief rent through some parts of the state when the former governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Raji Fashola introduced a new system of transportation called the "BRT". This became a saviour for so many, comfort and financial wise.
The thing about the 'BRT' buses is that they're comfortable, cheaper and they have their own designated lanes to avoid traffic. One disadvantage despite their comfort, speed and affordability is that they're not available on all routes, which is where the 'danfos' have the advantage. The yellow buses are owned by individuals and most of them are kept in deplorable conditions; from inappropriate fuel measurement and management to engine failure mid-journey, reckless and drunk driving, rude treatment of passengers and so many unmentionables. 'Lagosians' have put up with this and are tired but seemingly have no choice.
Thankfully again, the current governor of Lagos state, Akinwumi Ambode is on a mission to eradicate the yellow danfo buses, (yes eradication is not an understatement because they are pests). He recently introduced a new type of public transportation that is sleeker and more efficient. Although, they haven't started operating on the roads now, Lagosians are highly expectant following the recent hike in transport fare of the currently running transport system. In a cosmopolitan like Lagos, the need for facilities that fit the uncontrollable growth rate and bursting urban immigration is pivotal. It will be a huge relief to see new buses replace the tragedy that is the danfo.