The governor of Lagos state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has announced his plans to ban the common yellow commercial buses (danfo) in Lagos, in his bid to make Lagos into more of a Mega-City.
We can only hope that he has plans in place to replace them with a more efficient and well structured system of transportation. Also, that it goes better than former governor Fashola’s ban on the commercial motorcycles (Okada)
Here are all the things we would miss if the ban goes through and Danfos are removed from Lagos roads
1. The endless holdup
I wonder how we’ll cope when the Danfos are no longer around to cause traffic jams by parking in the middle of the road to pick up passengers whenever they please or to drive like mad men.
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2. The sheer amount of pollution they create
We’ll definitely miss the exhaust fumes that these run down and poorly maintained buses belch out as they move around. We’ll also miss the noise pollution created by the conductors yelling out the locations and the drivers pressing their horns impatiently.
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3. Having to exchange words with the conductors
As much fun as we have trading words with the bus conductors over change and the lack thereof, if Ambode is successful in replacing Danfos with a metro bus system, passengers will probably have to purchase a bus pass or bus tickets, negating the need for cash.
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4. Fighting to enter the buses at peak hours
We’ll definitely miss having to run to enter the bus, as well as having to fight and claw our way into the bus before the other people waiting at the bus stop.
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5. The way there is a bus going to every single area
If Danfos are scrapped, it might take a while for the system which is to replace it to become up and running. And even then, it might not be cover all the corners and areas which the Danfos currently do.
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6. The different amazing people we meet on the buses
Lagosians are a very special breed. If you use a danfo as your major form of transportation, you’ve undoubtedly met a lot of these interesting people. That may change if the ban goes through.
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Read our article on the various types of people you meet in a danfo here.
*Featured image from Bella Naija.