The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to roll out the first set of 5,000 brand new buses under the Bus Reform Initiative within the next six months.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode disclosed this on Thursday while responding to questions from students of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA who paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Ikeja.
The governor said that his administration was working hard to revolutionalise the transportation system in the State and improve the way 23 million Lagosians commute daily.
Ambode explained that an integrated transportation system was key to growing the economy of the State. He said the 5,000 new buses would be the first step by his administration to change the existing transportation system predominantly driven by the yellow buses, popularly known as ‘danfo.’
“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,” he said.
“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.”