L-R: Deputy Director, Corporate and Investment Planning, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mr. Uthman Obafemi Shitta-Bey, Corporate Legal Secretary, LAMATA, Mrs. Oluwaseun Sonoiki, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation, Federal Republic Germany Dr. Tania Rodiger-Vorwerk, and Mr. Daniel Ernesto Moser, Management Head of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at the presentation of the first TUMI Global Urban Mobility Challenge 2018 in Leipzig, Germany to LAMATA.
Lagos’ quest for transforming itself into a walking and cycling friendly state has received a boost of 200,000 Euros from the German Government backed Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI).
According to a statement made available to Transport Day by Kolawole Ojelabi
Assistant Director, Corporate Communication of LAMATA, “in an email announcing the selection of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority’s (LAMATA) entry, Daniel Moser, Management Head of TUMI, said “out of all the applications we picked the most innovative and your project was one of them! We are pleased to inform you that you are a winning candidate of the first TUMI Global Urban Mobility Challenge 2018.”
The award was presented LAMATA to representatives, Deputy Director, Corporate and Investment Planning, LAMATA, Mr. Uthman Obafemi Shitta-Bey and Corporate Legal Secretary, Mrs. Oluwaseun Sonoiki in Leipzig, Germany.
LAMATA’s entry, entitled “The Lagos Sidewalk Challenge” detailed the importance of walking as the primary and one of the zero carbon modes of transport in Lagos, which is accessible to the young and old, rich and poor and underpins the value, efficiency and financial viability of Nigeria’s transport system.
In order to make walking the mode of choice in Lagos, the state government through LAMATA agreed an ambitious new non-motorised transport policy in October 2017, developed with the support of the UN Environment led Share the Road Programme. The state government is committed to make walking and cycling within the city safe and convenient, by investing in sidewalks and cycle lanes.
Managing Director of LAMATA, Engr. Abiodun Dabiri said the grant was a recognition of the huge work Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was doing in the public transport sector which made provision for pedestrian walkways and cycling.
Carly Koinange, the Global Programme Lead for the Share the Road programme said “it is so exciting to hear Lagos have won this grant. It’s another step in the right direction as about 40% transport trips daily are through walking and cycling and there is the to ensure those involved can do so safely and conveniently. We look forward to supporting the State Government with this great project”.