Lagos State set to roll out first set of 5,000 new commercial buses in six months

- Lagos set to replace danfo with brand new buses.

- Acknowledges the challenges of urban migration and its impact on infrastructure.

- Emphasises on the need to think outside the box in developing solutions.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode announced on Thursday that the first set of 5000 buses designed to replace the popular Lagos Danfo under the Bus
Reform Initiative, a brain child of his administration, is set to be flagged off within the next six months.

The Governor made this announcement when students of the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School of Government, United States of America, paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Ikeja. Ambode also used the opportunity to reemphasise his administration's committment to revolutionalise the transportation system in the State and improve the way and manner 23 million Lagosians commute daily.

He said “In the last one year, we have decided that we must integrate rail, road water and air transportation systems in such a way that the system of connectivity is improved upon and I would like to have a direct partnership on how that can actually be actualised. “Right now we are cleaning out all the yellow buses you see in the State. As we proceed in the next six months and a span of three years, we are introducing 5000 new buses of European standard to actually clean up the city because if you want to grow the economy of Lagos, transportation is key and then it’s a major infrastructure for tourism itself.”

Governor Ambode also used the opportunity to acknowledge some of the recent challenges the state faces in terms of infrastructural development.

He added, “People fly in from Ghana to come and use our hospitals here in Lagos. So we now have to sit down beyond what we have learnt in school to look at the practical challenges of urban migration and good governance and things we have to mitigate against a population that is unaccounted for,”

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