In what may be described as a blessing in disguise, the Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria (BCAN) has affirmed that their jobs are about to become more professional with the Lagos State Government’s proposed ban of yellow buses.
Speaking in Lagos, on Thursday, the National President of the association, Mr Israel Adeshola, said that the development would have positive impacts on the conductors’ job in the state.
According to him, although members of the society have already categorized bus conductors as touts and illiterates, the ban will have positive impacts on its members as it will promote and elevate their jobs.
However, BCAN expressed its dissatisfaction with the state government’s new policy on the transportation system, where people will have to get approval from political leaders and traditional rulers before becoming conductors in Lagos.
Israel Adeshola lamented saying there is no way the government can take such decisions and sideline over 6000 registered members of BCAN in the state.
He however, expressed optimism that bus conductors were not going to be marginalized in the upcoming system, adding that they are going to be involved in making Lagos a Mega City.
Adeshola reiterated the association’s new policy to introduce uniforms with tags and identification numbers for easy identification of every conductor soon.
Pointing out that the conductor’s job was vital in the transportation sector, Adeshola said the association has embarked on sensitization and training of its members, as things cannot continue the same forever.
“You have to upgrade yourself and prepare for opportunities, we are planning to improve our services and assure passengers that we are reliable and responsible people,” he said.
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had on February 6 announced plans to stop the operation of yellow commercial buses popularly known as ‘danfo’ for a more efficient, well-structured and world-class mass transport system.
A well-structured transport system would ease movement within the state and make Lagos cleaner, as well as lessen taxes on the people, according to Governor Ambode.
Last week, the state government threatened to start impounding rickety vehicles, which emit fumes on its roads, saying such vehicles do not befit the state’s status as Africa’s modern mega city.
While handing over 25 pickup vans, 11 Nissan cars and 20 power bikes to aid the operations of Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) officers, Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Lanre Elegushi said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode expects better performance from the VIS, especially in the area of enforcement.
Elegushi said the VIS enforcement efforts would be better enhanced with the provision of the new vehicles, though he admitted that compliance was improving.
As part of the present administration’s mandates to ensure that challenges are adequately resolved; the Commissioner said that policies are being introduced to strengthen existing ones to provide institutional support for enhancing effective discharge of the various programmes and for operating the transport sector properly in the state.
Elegushi further appealed to the citizens to continue playing their part in making Lagos a place of pride, as government cannot do it alone.