Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode says he plans to ban the yellow minibuses known as “Danfos” by the end of the year.
The vehicles are “not acceptable and befitting for a megacity”. Lagos is home to some 20 million people and has seen its population boom without infrastructure and transport services keeping up with demand.
The governor’s goal is to replace the buses – as well as motorcycle taxis and three-wheeled motorised rickshaws – with a modern public transportation system.
The first phase of a rapid transport rail system was originally due to open in 2014 and then in December last year, while there are even plans for a cable car system.