The Lagos City Transport Service and the Lagos State Government is facing mounting public criticism because the buses in Lagos keep breaking down.
GV PAN Bus depot with Swedish buses that have broken-down
SV Sign "Welcome, Ilupeju depot"
GV Privately owned buses showing bus No. 42 Swedish bus broken down in middle of road
GV PAN People clammering to mini buses & taxis
SV People run to privately owned bus
LV People queue at bus station.
CU Privately owned bus leaves station
Lv People rush to another private bus
CU Interview with local businessman (SOUND)
CU Charity bus full of passengers
CU Names of privately owned buses (3 shots)
SV People clammer to board private bus
GV Private buses leaving Lagos
SV PAN One of the remaining Swedish buses leaving city
TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "Have you had a ride on any of these buses?"
LOCAL BUSINESSMAN: "Yes."
INTERVIEWER: "Did you enjoy it."
BUSINESSMAN: "No, I didn't enjoy it."
INTERVIEWER: "Why not?"
BUSINESSMAN: "Because it's hectic to get the bus to my office."
INTERVIEWER: "How long does it take you to get to the office in the morning?"
BUSINESSMAN: "Well, not less than 1 1/2 hours to get to the office."
INTERVIEWER: "Where do you live?"
BUSINESSMAN: "I stay at Lagos here."
INTERVIEWER: "Thank you very much."
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Background: 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.