Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday, May 1 2017, said the decision to phase out yellow commercial buses, popularly known as Danfo, would not lead to job losses, adding that it would rather create more jobs in the transport sector.
Speaking during the May Day rally at the Agege Stadium to commemorate the 2017 Workers’ Day celebration, the governor explained that the state Bus Reform Initiative was aimed at introducing over 5,000 air-conditioned buses to replace Danfo, adding that the initiative would open up job opportunities.
He said, “If Lagos is to be globally competitive, we need to change 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.”
Ambode continued that “there will be no job losses. The governor will not drive all the new buses; it is the same bus drivers, the technicians and 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 because the new buses are more.”
The governor then assured the workers that as the state’s Internally Generated Revenue continued to increase, his administration would work out modalities to improve their welfare.