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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

CCTV BUS TO REPLACE DANFO



The popular commercial bus, Danfo, will be replaced with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) buses, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation Prince Anofiu Elegushi said yesterday.At a Stakeholder’s meeting on the upgrading/utilisation of the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, Bus Terminal on Lagos Island, he said the government planned to build several bus terminals across the state to meet commuters’ demand.He said there was need for new buses as most of the yellow commercial buses were not roadworthy having been in use for the past 20 years.The Commissioner said: “So, it is not convenient anymore for passengers. What we are trying to do is to take them up and bring other new buses that will have CCTV, charging points to charge phones and a lot of facilities and many other facilities. So, they are still going to be the drivers.“The essence of re-fleeting it is to get it right. We are working on the programme most especially on the financial model that we will use in transferring those vehicles to the operators. That is just what we are doing.”On the upgraded TBS Bus Terminal, Elegushi called for stakeholders’ collaboration on its maintenance, as government planned to replicate it in other parts of the state.The project, he said, was to mark excellence, as the state prepares to mark its 50th anniversary.Elegushi said government was keen about upgrading transport facilities.The terminal, he said, would accommodate its original operators, taxis, yellow buses, tricycles, as well as Bus Rapid Transport (BRT), and LAGBUS buses, with designated lanes, ticketing points, Intelligence Transport System guide for passengers, mini shops, and stickers for identification, among others.He appealed to transport unions and others to take care of the terminal, saying: “it is a kind of responsibility expected from the transport stakeholders especially transport unions. We have delivered as promised but what we expect from them is to see a project well maintained so that there will be justification for what we spent.“We are working on other terminals like Oyingbo, the drawing is almost ready; Yaba Terminal, the drawing of that is almost ready. We are also working on Anthony, the VIS garden; we are turning it to a bus terminal. The two petrol stations at Maryland, we are turning them to bus terminal very soon; those are parts of what we have in the pipeline. Very soon we will hit the ground running.”House of Assembly Committee on Transportation Chairman Fatai Adebola praised Governor Akinwumi Ambode for the initiative and urged the people to take ownership of the project.

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