Most mega cities have problems of transporting people without gridlock. This problem is worse in most mega cities with rising population. In cities with population in excess of 10-20 million, governments and the private sector try a combination of ways to get the cities moving. In London and other large developed cities, people get around by land, sea, underground and every way possible. Not all of these methods of transportation are being used in many of the cities in developing countries.
Lagos is the 3rd largest city in the world and for a city of over 20 million people, it relies too much on roads and as it is always the case, the roads can get seriously jammed for many hours. The problem is not recent as successive governments in Lagos have tried other means of transportation. This time, it is the turn of Uberboats to use the waterways. It is not the first time this has been done in Lagos. Over 35 years ago, the then Lagos state government had boats taking people between some of the Lagos ferries. The ferries were run down and that was it. This time, it was the Taxis company Uber which has now introduced the ferry service in Lagos.
There are different types of transportation in Lagos and they vary but mostly though they are motor based, so very few surface and underground train services.
Entrepreneurs make things happen, find solutions to problems. Well done to Uber. I wonder why others in Nigeria have waited this long to try to ease the transport problem in Lagos.
What about electricity?
What about electricity generation in many African countries where the provision of electricity is a constant headache but the sun shines for more than 12 hours a day?, This is another opportunity for entrepreneurs to solve a problem, help the environment and make money in the process.
The million dollar question
What problem can you help to solve? There are some suggestions on travel and the environment
Dr. Ade Otukoya B.Sc, LLB, FCCA, MBA, PhD