Lagos State Partners with Oando to Introduce Electric Transit Buses

Oando, one of Nigeria’s leading indigenous energy solutions providers, has reached a new milestone with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), the government agency of the State of Lagos responsible for planning, implementing, regulating and franchising sustainable integrated public transport in Lagos. The memorandum of understanding was signed on April 28, 2022.

According to a statement, the MoU establishes a partnership between Oando Clean Energy Limited (OCEL), Oando’s renewable energy business, and Lagos State as part of the state government’s journey to become a sustainable city through the deployment of electric public transport buses, supporting the charging of infrastructures and service centers (EV Infrastructure Ecosystem).

He pointed out that with over 25 million inhabitants, Lagos remains the most populous city in Africa and among the ten fastest growing megacities in the world.

According to the statement, over the past decade the number of vehicles on Lagos’ roads has quadrupled, but studies had suggested that the state could become the most populous city in the world by 2100 with up to 100 millions of inhabitants ; and as the city grows, the number of vehicles will also increase.

“This upward trajectory in the number of vehicles poses a significant challenge, as transport has been identified as the main contributing sector, with around 23 to 30% of annual CO2 emissions.

“Furthermore, the future of the automobile looks increasingly electric globally, due to growing regulatory measures, including upcoming bans on sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, l changing consumer behavior and continuous improvements in battery and charging technologies,” he added.

He noted that by 2035, the world’s major auto markets – the United States, the European Union and China – were to sell only electric vehicles (EVs), adding that by 2050, 80% of sales world of vehicles should be electric.

“This commendable partnership will be part of several interventions such as the Blue and Red Lagos State Railway, which would set the tone for the gradual decarbonization of the road transport sector by Lagos State,” he said. he adds.

Commenting on the signing of the MoU, the Managing Director, LAMATA, Engr. Abimbola Akinajo said, “Oando Clean Energy offered us a complete solution that went beyond electric transit buses to include supporting infrastructure, and that was critical for us because the entire a supporting ecosystem for electric vehicles is the only way to succeed. . This initiative will not only accelerate the government’s transport program but will also have a positive impact on the health of Lagosians and the environment.

“The Oando brand comes with know-how and experience, and we are counting on this to successfully move from the signing of a memorandum of understanding to an effective implementation which will benefit in the medium and long term. term to over 22 million Lagos commuters. We look forward to a very strong and fruitful partnership.

Commenting on the launch, Oando Clean Energy Chairman, Adewale Tinubu said, “Oando Clean Energy was born out of a need to curate the best energy mix to propel Nigeria and indeed Africa, to their full potential. As a company, Oando has always championed public-private partnerships as fundamental to the industrialization of Nigeria.

“Through the signing of this MoU, we are revolutionizing the mobility landscape by pioneering e-mobility in Lagos. Additionally, we remain committed to achieving our national commitment to net zero by 2060, ending energy shortages, and further propelling the country into an industrialized phase through decentralized and sustainable energy systems.

“We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Lagos State and must commend their foresight and willingness to forge a role model for others to follow. It’s easy to be confused by the perceived challenges that come with the label of megacity status, but by taking this bold step, Lagos is showing the continent what is indeed possible and giving other cities the impetus to redefine today’s today how to build a public transport system for the future.

He pointed out that today, investments in more sustainable transport infrastructure solutions could bring environmental, social and economic benefits beyond a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

On his part, the Lagos State Transport Commissioner, Dr Fred Oladeyinde, said, “Knowing that transport is a key emitter of greenhouse gases in Nigeria, we have developed a strategy to reduce greenhouse gases. greenhouse effect by 50%.

“A key part of this strategy was to identify and develop a more robust public transport system for Lagos, which would include rail and waterways among others. Using electricity to power public transport is a step in the right direction, and from there we would gradually move to private cars.

“This is just the beginning, there is still a lot to do. I congratulate LAMATA and Oando on signing this MoU, and both parties can rest assured that they have my full support to ensure success.

The initiative reinforces the importance of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to enable the continent to actualize its industrialization goals.

Across Africa, the PPP model has become increasingly essential as a mechanism for financing and operating social and economic infrastructure.

“This is not the first time Oando has partnered with the state government or the first time it has created a blueprint for others to adopt in the area of ​​cleaner energy solutions. In the past, through its former intermediary vehicle, Oando Gas & Power (OGP), now renamed Axxela, the company pioneered the development of private sector gas pipelines in 2007 and championed the development of power plants (IPP), including Akute and Alausa. The IPPs feeding into the Lagos Water Cooperation and the Lagos State Secretariat respectively,” the statement added.

Melvin Z. Madore