With the New Year fast approaching, Lagos Mainland residents, road users and other commuters across Lagos State should get ready to see the conductors of yellow commercial buses known as danfo in new attire.
According to the Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria (BCAN), its members in Lagos State will start wearing uniforms from January 1, 2018, for security and effective service delivery.
Speaking on this, the National President of the association, Mr Isreal Adeshola, said the operational uniform would bring sanity to the service in the state and the country as a whole.
According to him, the association has started training its members in Lagos State and educating them on the job procedures and attitudinal change while on duty.
In his words: “The association has been able to train a reasonable number of conductors on behavioural change. We started the registrations and training at Lagos State Drivers Institute for attitudinal and change in orientation of the members towards passengers and traffic rules.”
He added that, “By January 1, 2018, all our registered members will be in their operational uniforms for proper identification and effective service delivery.”
Adeshola explained that part of the reasons for training its members was to ensure adequate security of passengers and good customer relationship with the people they relate with.
He said that putting on uniforms with identification numbers would ensure accountability and brought a sense of responsibility among the members.
Meanwhile, Adeshola disclosed that the association was working towards eradicating the menace of using under-age as bus conductors across the country adding that persons from 18 years and above were qualified to join the association.
Furthermore, the president stated that any minor found operating as a bus conductor should be arrested.
“We are coming out to tell Lagos residents that bus conducting is a respected profession like in other western countries where they are respected because they offered humanitarian services. In Nigeria, people see them as nobody which is not supposed to be so,” he said.