Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos, Monday, restated that yellow buses, popularly known as Danfo, will soon be banned on Lagos roads. In the place of the buses, Ambode said a more efficient, well-structured and world class mass transportation system would be created.
“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”, said Ambode.
The governor spoke at the 14th Annual Lecture of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) held at Muson Centre in Onikan. He spoke on the theme: “Living Well Together, Tomorrow: The Challenge Of Africa’s Future Cities”.
“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 added. The governor equally said a new environmental policy will be unveiled, while stating the state will also embark on massive reform in waste 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.”
Pat Utomi, a professor of Economics and CVL founder, said the group focuses on grooming young people for leadership purposes and seeing such as service to the people.
Also, Liyel Imoke, former governor of Cross River state and chairman of the occasion, said it was important for the country to start planning for livable cities.
Equally at the event was Director of Centre for African Economies, Oxford University, Professor Paul Collier, who said Nigeria had suffered from resource curse and needed to start proper planning for development. He suggested an alliance between the business community and political actors as way out.
- Adefola Ademosu