At times the Lagos state government may be
slow in fulfilling some of its promises but we
have learned and studied them that though it
may take some time to actualize the promise, it
will surely happen.
The Lagos State governor definitely deserves some accolades as
the new first set of brand new buses for the Lagos Bus Reform
Initiative have arrived.
The Lagos state governor was quoted in April saying that the
proposed Bus Reform Initiative aimed at giving Lagosians an
integrated public transportation system would kick-start this year
with a sinking fund of N30billion.
Governor Ambode, who spoke to journalists, said his
administration had identified the challenges Lagosians go through
on a daily basis commuting via public transportation, saying the
reform was aimed at providing a viable alternative.
He said the Bus Reform Initiative is a three-year plan aimed at
introducing over 5000 air-conditioned buses to replace the yellow
commercial buses, popularly called Danfo, which according to him,
was no longer befitting for the State’s mega city status.
“We decided that the best thing is to allow the yellow buses go
and so the Bus Reform Initiative itself is a three-year plan of 2017
to 2019 in which it intends to bring in new buses of 5,000 units in
the three-year plan.
“The bigger size buses will take 70 people and then the medium
range buses will take 30 people. We believe that the middle range
buses will be supplied up to 70 per cent of the total volume which
will amount to about 3,600 units and then the longer range in that
direction,” he said.
These buses were spotted at the newly commission Ikeja Bus
Terminal and they are so lovely to behold.
The question is, Hope these buses won’t go down the lane like the
BRT buses that are more like a death trap? Time will tell.
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