Jim walker with Abiodun Dabiri and Seun Sonoiki at the LAMATA offices.
The Trust had a second opportunity this week to visit Lagos and progress the Nigerian Commonwealth Walkway. This was mainly a technical visit to the offices of LAMATA (The Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority).
Jim met with the Managing Director of LAMATA, Engineer Abiodun Dabiri and their Company Secretary Seun Sonoiki as well as other staff who went on several site visits to look at quality standards.
Nigeria recently drafted a new sustainable transport strategy and is leading much of the creative and progressive thinking in Africa for mobility management that is safe, equitable and enjoyable.
On-site Jim talked with local citizens and discussed their concerns as well as the opportunities to improve conditions. Improving road crossings, reducing trader encroachment and creating new sidewalks were all agreed as priorities.
LAMATA kindly agreed to look at these issues along the whole route on Lagos Island and it is hoped that the one part of the route where there is no sidewalk will also get one created soon.
The Trust looks forward to visiting again in the new year to see the progress being made.
Special thanks to Suppo Sashore, Polly Alakija, Prince Albert and Femi Shitta-Bey for their on-going support for the project.