The Lagos State government is to adopt a Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) policy with all relevant stakeholders that will make roads within the metropolis more public-friendly through forfeiting more attention to other means of movement like motor bikes and bicycles including the disabled ones in the society through the provision of dedicated lanes.
The state government through LAMATA recently organized a one-day stakeholders conference in collaboration with facilitators drawn from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)- ‘Share the Road Global Program’ in partnership and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), all based in Nairobi, Kenya with the theme; Empowering Pedestrians and Cyclists for a Better City to ratify the policy.
The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (abbreviated LAMATA) is the Lagos State Government agency created to coordinate transport planning, policies, and public transport infrastructure implementation in the Lagos Metropolitan Area, Nigeria. The organisation oversees wide range of transport planning and implementation of transport strategies and plans in Lagos, as well as the Lagos Rail Mass Transit and the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit System. It is based in Ikeja in the metropolitan area.
The bill setting up the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) was signed into law on 13 January 2002 by the then Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (1999 – 2007).
The law empowered LAMATA with the responsibility of reforming the transport system in Lagos with the aim of creating a world-class inter modal integrated transport system for the city of Lagos.
The main objectives of the UNEP-ITDP facilitated stakeholder conference was to promote importance of NMT policy with decision makers, demonstrate that Lagos state is going to prioritize investment in NMT, share the draft policy and agree on next steps and action plan, discuss budgetary allocation as well as state wide network.
The meeting debate was particularly centered on; ‘Roads create congestion, they don’t solve it’. The panelists debated on problems confronting urban congestion and workable non-motorized models to adopt for the city of Lagos, exploring best practices in travel demand management.
This pulled various mobility actors from the ITDP Africa, UN Environment, LAMATA, Ministry of Transport (MoT), Ministry of Works (MoW), Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and the private sector. They all agreed to the current trend that after decades of building roads, congestion has remained at an all-time high and concluded that indeed it is time to think outside the box and take a new approach to dealing with congestion in the city of Lagos.
One point of convergence was the understanding to pay more attention from prioritizing movement of cars to prioritizing movement of people in Lagos through systematic investment in NMT policy and infrastructure development.
The draft policy was prepared and presented in October, 2017, with inputs from key stakeholder Ministries, Departments and Agencies which provided relevant cross-sectional public transport data and information about existing plans, policies, regulations, institutional and financial arrangements that impact the walking and cycling environment in Lagos State.
According to sources, the overall objective of the stakeholder conference was to reach an agreement and consensus on the final draft to be presented to the Lagos State Executive Council (EXCO) for consideration and approval, and ultimately the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) for legislation and passage into law.
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Can such a policy be of great importance in reducing mobility congestion in Lagos? And if it is a success to count, Could it be viable to be adopted in the different cities of the different African countries?
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