Lagos Targets Cleaner Transportation With 50 Electric Buses By 2024


In its drive to commit to cleaner transportation, Lagos state is set to get 50 electric buses by the first quarter of 2024.

This was revealed by Olukemi Amore, head of bus services at Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), at the 2023 Nordic Nigeria Connect on Tuesday.
“For the next phase of electric buses, we will see 50 electric buses come into Lagos,” she said.

She said it is one of Lagos state’s plans to transition to cleaner mobility and reduce emissions in line with Sustainable Development Goals 11, 13 and the Lagos State Government’s THEME’S Agenda.

Lagos State currently has two electric buses that have been in operation since May 2023.

She said the demand for trips in the Lagos megacity region by all modes (including walking) is 22 million per day.

Amore said in 2011, Nigeria had the fourth highest CO2 emission from fuel combustion in Africa, after South Africa, Egypt and Algeria, respectively and by 2016, the transport sector, with a 32 per cent share, was the most significant contributor to a nationwide Fossil CO2 emission from fuel combustion that year. Stating that over a quarter of those emissions come from Lagos alone.

She noted that the vision for LAMATA is to operate a multi-fueled public transport network, and one such way is through the Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP) implementation.