It’s the undeniable truth that the Governor of Lagos state, Akinwumni Ambode, had been frowned upon during his first term in office throughout a medley of scandals and criticisms for his unduly road quality improvement in his state.
Governor Ambode has gone throughout a medley of scandals and criticisms during his first term
Today, let’s have a look back at Ambode's 4 infamous transport policies in his first term as Lagos State Governor.
1. PSP ban
This is one of the worst flops ever made by the Lagos State government.
“This policy, which is packaged as the Clean Lagos Initiative, CLI, aimed at reviewing the mode of waste collection in the state, by bringing foreign investors with the right expertise and funds to manage waste collection in the state.” Said Governor Ambode.
But the truth was later revealed that the government processed the operation without sufficient consultation, which the PSP operators described as an attempt to get rid of them.
The Lagos State Gov handled the waste collection on its own, without PSP operators' consultancy
2. Danfo bus ban
This is considered to be one of his biggest schemes. The 3-year plan to introduce an all-new bus system in Lagos poses huge threats to NURTW and RTEAN by wiping out all the current Danfo buses.
“We decided that the best thing is to allow the yellow buses go and so the bus reform initiative itself is a three-year plan of 2017 to 2019 in which it intends to bring in new buses of 5,000 units in the three-year plan,”
What’s worth saying is that these two syndicates are really active in grassroots mobilization for politicians. With the Danfo ban coming into action, the supreme in the state may even add up.
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3. LAGBUS ban to pave a way for BRT Operations
In 2016, the LAGBUS run by NURTW was banned from operation as the state government decided it had breached some terms in the franchise agreement signed in 2007, which ignited a workers’ protest against this ban when the contract with the state is still in effect.
Drivers protested against the Government's LAGBUS ban
4. Taking over Motor Parks
The NURTW and RTEAN once more suffered from the Lagos government’s policy. They called this as a forceful act from the state and a shock that partly broke down their businesses after some of the motor parks such as Ikeja New Garage, Berger Motorpark, Ojota Main Garage, Agege-Iju Motorpark, etc were taken over.\
The NURTW and RTEAN called this as a forceful act from the state and a shock that partly broke down their businesses