Depending on who you ask, London is arguably known for a few things—Big Ben, the London Eye, Queen Elizabeth II and the Transport for London (TfL). The city's public transport system is not perfect, but it goes a long way in making the lives of millions of commuters easier.
Unfortunately, Nigerians cannot easily relate to the convenience of a 20-minute bus journey from Oxford Circus, located in the heart of Central London, to Canning town in East London for £2 (approximately ₦1,130). Public transport remains a fundamental challenge for Nigerians.
Nigeria's urban population is rapidly growing. Of the 200 million people who live in the West African nation, over 50% live in urban areas, and this figure will spiral upwards in the coming years. As urbanisation rises, road networks—if poorly maintained—worsen, posing a problem for citizens and the broader economy.
Like most things in Nigeria, the public transport sector is largely informal, disorderly, chaotic and operated by private actors.
Roads are the most important mode of transport across Nigeria. In places like Lagos, the public transport story is largely