The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday said that plans by his government to replace the yellow commercial buses in the state, popularly known as Danfo with air-conditioned buses would not lead to massive job loss as feared, but instead would create more jobs in the transportation sector.
Speaking at the May Day Rally which held at the Agege Stadium, Ambode said the Bus Reform Initiative, aimed at introducing over 5,000 air-conditioned buses to replace the Danfo buses would open new vista of opportunities and would redefine road transportation in the state.
In response to concerns raised by the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos Council, Comrade Idowu Adelakun the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman, Comrade Francis Ogunremi on the implications of the initiative to drivers, conductors, mechanics and other artisans, Governor Ambode assured them that it would benefit all Lagosians on the long run.
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.”