• Short Summary

    The Lagos City Transport Service and the Lagos State Government is facing mounting public criticism because the buses in Lagos keep breaking down.

  • Description

    The Lagos City Transport Service and the Lagos State Government is facing mounting public criticism because the buses in Lagos keep breaking down.

    The trouble stems in particular from the second-hand Swedish Scania buses operated in Lagos. Seventy-two of the 100 Scania buses brought last October have broken down and are now off the road. As a result, public transport has declined disastrously, and private operators are doing profitable business.

    The buses cost GBP289,000 (694,800 U.S. dollars) and now the City Transport Service proposes to spend another GBP30,000 (72,000 U.S. Dollars) on buying spares to put things right.

    The inflating cost of the whole affair was the subject of an enquiry which began in camera last November. Its finding are now to be made public, and the developing row about the issue may now explode.

    SYNOPSIS: At a City Transport depot in Lagos, Nigeria, dozens of Swedish buses bought second-hand from the Scania company stand useless and out of order. 72 of the 100 Scania buses bought last October by the Lagos Transport authorities have now broken down,throwing the local bus services into confusion. Broken-down buses litter the roads, and the public have been forced to use private buses and taxis, which are doing profitable business in a city which has never had a really adequate local bus service. The Transport authorities tried to remedy matters with the purchase of the Swedish buses, but they have been unable to keep them in operation. They are reported to be 18 years old scrap vehicles, some of which were to be used to provide spares for the others.

    The buses cost GBP289,500 (694,800 U.S. dollars) and now the Transport authority proposes to spend another GBP30,000 (72,000 U.S. dollars) on buying spare parts to put things right. Meanwhile, the image of local public transport with local people gets worse and worse.

    But although the notorious Swedish buses of Lagos are unpopular, their is no doubt that public transport buses will in the long run play a major part in the smooth running of the Nigerian capital. Meanwhile, people scramble for such transport as is available.

    And some answers to the affair of the broken-down buses will probably soon be available. The Lagos State Government is to publish the report and White Paper by the Tribunal which enquired into the purchase of the Swedish buses. It started work last November in camera, and the findings will shortly be made known.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA10U1GP2VMQUZP292584K13P6W
    Media URN:
    VLVA10U1GP2VMQUZP292584K13P6W
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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