Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor, has said his administration will not scrap the yellow buses popularly known as ‘danfo’.
Sanwo-Olu said they will be remodelled to meet modern standards.
Frederick Oladeinde, commissioner for transportation in Lagos, had said in February that the yellow buses were not part of the state’s transportation master plan.
However, speaking when he featured on a Channels Television programme, Politics Today, on Sunday, Sanwo-Olu said danfos have served Lagosians for a long time and it would be unfair to scrap them.
“It will be unfair” to scrap ‘danfos’, adding that they have served Lagos residents for a long time.
“It will be unfair for us. These are important stakeholders. They served our citizens. They served Lagosians for a long time. It became the print of Lagos, the yellow buses.
“Let’s be very creative. Let’s see how we can remodel them without scrapping them out. We are collaborating with them. You know that our citizens now deserve newer models of cars”, he said.
The governor, during the programme, also revealed that the state has signed an agreement with a local bus manufacturing company to replace buses burnt during the #EndSARS protests.
He said although the destroyed buses were insured, the insurance did not cover “unforeseen circumstances”.
“Absolutely, we are trying to replenish them, we have started the compensation and the interesting thing is that we are working with a local bus manufacturing company,” he said.
“And it is going to come almost with the same specifications of the ones that were unfortunately destroyed so that Lagosians can have the same feel of the buses.
“They were insured. Insurance will never cover you 100 percent”, Sanwo-Olu also stated.
Speaking on transportation in the state, Sanwo-Olu said a mega city like Lagos cannot make use of one mode of transportation, adding that his administration is working towards exploring other options.
“One-third of Lagos is water. That is natural. It will be unfair on us not to utilise that opportunity. Lagos in terms of area is also even below the sea level,” he said.
“About 33 percent of our landmass is water. We need to create that infrastructure. The infrastructure for water is terminal”, he said.
On the construction of light rail in Lagos, the governor said the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the federal level did not back the project when it was initiated.
Sanwo-Olu stressed that his administration is determined to construct red and blue light rail lines across the state.
He said: “Lagos was not with the Federal Government at that time so the PDP government never gave Lagos the right of way from the red line now which is from Oyingbo, Ebute Metta all the way to Agbado which was where we all grew up, that rail corridor.
“When I was in BRF’s government, we never actually started the red line then. It was the blue line that we started in 2010. If we step back then, you remember we have always had that rail corridor.
“So the federal government never gave us that opportunity to be able to do the red line then. So it is just now that we are doing the red line.”