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Lagos is testing electric buses. Can they withstand the city’s notorious traffic?

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Electric buses in Lagos offer an environmentally friendly and more comfortable way to move around Lagos, but only for a select few—for now.

Lagos, Nigeria’s bustling metropolis, aims to achieve a zero-carbon goal by 2050. While significant policies—like the five-year Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2020-2025—have been implemented to achieve this goal, Lagos is exploring new alternatives like electric buses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the transportation sector accounting for over 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the state, the electric buses—the result of a partnership between Oando Clean Energy Limited (OCEL) and Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA)—will provide a “viable, competitive, and environmentally friendly” alternative to their conventional counterparts: BRTs and the iconic yellow Danfo buses.

While questions of whether the electric buses will stop in Lagos traffic might arise, the buses can travel for up to 280 kilometres (Km) before needing a charge. On a full charge, passengers can travel from Oshodi to Obalende—26.4km—to and fro approximately five times before the buses must be recharged.

There are just two electric buses in Lagos, plying Oshodi to Obalende and Oshodi to Ikorodu routes. According to Oando, these buses will be used as a test run, a proof-of-concept phase, to establish the viability of electric vehicles for mass transportation in Lagos State and derive key learnings for an expanded program across the country. The fare prices of the electric buses and the regular BRTs are the same. “Remember, we are still at the proof-of-concept phase, so we can not introduce differential fare now until the data is gathered to tell us what we need to do,” said Kola Ojelabi, public relations officer for LAMATA.

TechCabal asked if there are plans to replace the regular BRTs in Lagos with the new electric buses in the future, “The proof of concept phase will determine the next step,” added Ojelabi.

“It’s time for electric buses”

Nigeria’s inflation rate inched up to 22.27% this year. With the recent removal of fuel subsidies, many commuters have experienced difficulties getting public transport due to a hike in fare prices. Duncan Byencit, a senior associate researcher at Cleantech Hub, believes that adopting electric vehicles for mass transit could be an antidote to commuters’ worry. Byencit suggests that using electric buses as mass transit in the state will offer a cheaper alternative as electric vehicles are three times more efficient and require minimal maintenance compared to regular vehicles.

Byencit asserts that electric buses could also help reduce the traffic congestion in Lagos and the carbon emission in the state. “Most of the emission comes from small cars in Lagos, so it will be good to transit to mass transit buses and encourage people to move to them because it will not only reduce traffic but also reduce the emission that will be released,” she said.

While electric buses hold great promise, the poor maintenance culture in Nigeria poses a challenge. “If those buses are properly maintained by the drivers and whoever is in charge of it, they are very sustainable,” Byencit asserts.

While Oando and LAMATA continue to test the waters, Byencit is optimistic about nationwide adoption. “This is the bold step we have been waiting for. Now that Lagos has taken the lead, we can hope that other states will follow suit so that at least we can go by state-by-state adoption. And then, finally, the government can now take up the duty to push for it,” Byencit concluded

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#SaferKwara: Governor AbdulRazaq Meets Army Chief

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq receives Commander 22 Armoured Brigade Ilorin Brigade General Adebayo Abdulrahman Babalola at Government House, Ilorin.

During the visit, the Governor explored strategies for strengthening security in the state with the Army chief.

Military personnel have made several efforts to dislodge security threats from the state.

The Army chief reiterated that the operations will be sustained to keep the state safer for peaceful and law-abiding residents.

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Football is coming home! UK & Republic of Ireland set to host Euro 2028 as Turkey withdraw bid

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The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland look set to host Euro 2028 after the Turkish FA withdrew its bid to host the tournament.

The Turkish FA has officially withdrawn its bid to host Euro 2028 in order to focus on its plan to co-host the tournament with Italy in 2032. UEFA has now approved the joint proposal, which was first announced in July.

Turkey’s withdrawal from the 2028 bidding process means that the UK and Republic of Ireland’s bid will now run unopposed. Wembley Stadium hosted the semi-finals and final of the delayed 2020 European Championship, but the UK has not hosted an entire major tournament since 1996.

Both bids will require official approval at a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday. An official statement from UEFA read: “The presentations at that meeting will be an important part of the process which will take due consideration of the content of the bid submissions before reaching a decision.”

If approved, then Euro 2028 will be hosted in the UK and Ireland. Among the ten proposed stadiums are Wembley Stadium, Hampden Park and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, as well as the currently unbuilt Bramley Moore Dock stadium in Liverpool and Casement Park in Belfast

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Messi makes decision on when he will leave Inter Miami

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Lionel Messi has reportedly decided where he will end his playing career, but it won’t be in Miami or Barcelona.

Messi’s Inter Miami contract is set to expire in 2025, at which point – according to El Nacional – he will look to return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina. There is an option for the World Cup winner to extend his deal with Miami for an extra year, but the report states that he wants to retire in his homeland.

Messi left Barcelona in 2021 after more than two decades at the club, having joined the Spanish giants from Newell’s as a 13-year-old. He snubbed a return to Camp Nou when he left Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, and it now looks like a fairy tale return to Barca is never going to happen.

Messi scored 10 goals in his first seven games for David Beckham’s Miami franchise, but he has spent the past month injured. He will play a farewell match at Barcelona at some point, even if he does not return to play for the club

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