by Azeez Adeniyi
Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode has said the removal of yellow commercial buses popularly known as ‘Danfo’ from the roads will lead to the creation of more jobs.
The Governor, who spoke at the May Day Rally held at the Agege Stadium to commemorate the 2017 Workers Day Celebration.
He said this in response to fears that the decision may lead to massive unemployment.
He said the introduction of over 5000 air-conditioned buses to replace the Danfo buses would redefine the means of transportation in the state.
He said, “If Lagos is to be globally competitive, we need to change the outlook of the way the city runs. What is of paramount interest to this government is to make sure that every Lagosian has a comfortable means of moving from one point to the other. But I promise you there will be no job losses.
“The Governor is not interested in driving all the new buses. It is the same bus drivers, the technicians, the mechanics that will also still be employed and trained to use these new buses. Instead of job losses, we are going to employ more people for the greater number of the buses and it will make the city more beautiful and more comfortable for all our workers.”
He assured that he would improve the welfare of workers as the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) continues to increase.