Lagos Partners Oando on Electric Buses

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CEM REPORT | Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) has signed a deal with Oando Plc to provide the renewable energy that will facilitate the Lagos State Government’s goal of rolling out an electric vehicle infrastructure system.

The deal signed by Oando’s Clean Energy Unit will facilitate the deployment of electric mass transit buses, charging centres and supporting charging infrastructure consequently curbing the shortfall in available mass transit buses for the exploding number of Lagos commuters.

According to Oando Clean Energy Limited Chairman, Adewale Tinubu, in a statement said it agreed to the public-private partnership arrangement late in April adding that the partnership is directed at guaranteeing a megacity road transport system that is sustainable in the state.

The Chairman who was represented by Ainojie ‘Alex’ Iruene, added that, Oando Clean Energy, is on course to disrupt the mobility ecosystem by pioneering e-mobility in Lagos

Abimbola Akinajo, LAMATA’s chief, said “Oando Clean Energy came to us with a comprehensive solution that went beyond electric mass transit buses to include supporting infrastructure, and this was key for us, as the full remit of an EV support ecosystem is the only way to achieve success.”

Vanguard reports that Lagos, Africa’s largest city by population, is projected to be home to 100 million people by 2100, four times more than the current number of its residents. That could make it the world’s most populous city.

Vehicles plying its roads increased by 400 per cent in the last 10 years, and the strong possibility of further surges in the light of population growth is bound to trigger higher tons of carbon emissions, with the transportation sector accounting for 23% to 30% in annual CO2 emissions.

To curb the emission and transport Lagosians effectively, Lagos State Commissioner for Transport Frederic Oladeinde said:

“With an understanding that transportation is a key emitter of greenhouse gases in Nigeria, we developed a strategy to cut greenhouse gases by 50 per cent,”

“A key component of this strategy was identifying and developing a more robust mass transit system for Lagos that would include rail and waterways amongst others.”

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