The pathway to the future of mobility discussed at the Africa Mobility Conference

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Published: 2022-06-14

The Eko Hotels & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos, played host to the Africa Mobility Conference on June 2, 2022. The event took place on a Thursday.

Attendees at the event included significant members of the press, stakeholders in the transportation sector, and members of the general public. The event was hosted by Aruoture Rotus Oddiri, the News Anchor at Arise News.

Engineer Toriola Hafeez, who was there to inaugurate the Conference on behalf of Frederic Oladeinde, the Lagos State Commissioner of Transportation, welcomed everyone. He argued that the federal government and the state governments ought to work together to enhance mobility in their respective states.

abimbola akinajo 1 1024x682 0 186Abimbola Akinajo, MD, LAMATA

The introductory remarks were followed by the keynote lecture, which was given by Abimbola Akinajo, Managing Director (MD) of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA). She spoke on how essential it is for the expansion of the economy to have simple access to mobility.

After the first keynote lecture, the panel session that followed was titled "Policies and Environmental Drivers for Mobility Growth." The panelists for this session included Enahoro Okhae, CEO of GIG Mobility; Segun Ogungbemide, Lagos Sector Commander, FRSC; Abimbola Akinajo; Engineer Toriola Hafeez; and Joseph Osanipin, Director of Operations for JET Motor Company.

Both Enahoro Okhae and Joseph Osanipin emphasized the significance of infrastructure by stating that it is essential to have, and that we require assistance from the government in the form of improved roadways and regulations.

According to the opinion of Osanipin, the future of mobility is thrilling for those who are prepared for it, but frightening for those who are not prepared. He went on to say that the efforts to prepare for the future include making policies and investments.

According to Osanipin, the future calls for significant financial investments and policies that will propel them.

Enahoro brought up the topic of the necessity of widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), saying that GIG Logistics is already making use of EVs for its operations. In addition, he is of the opinion that it is only a matter of time before they are accepted by the general public.

Regarding electric vehicles (EVs), Akinajo stated that the Lagos State Government, through the LAMATA, has worked with private sector businesses that would bring in EVs as well as the infrastructure to power them.

In addition, they are collaborating with the World Bank on a feasibility assessment to see how they can introduce electric vehicles (EVs) in Lagos and determine what they require in terms of infrastructure and any other relevant factors. The purpose of this endeavor is to carry out the directives of the state government and make it easier for all residents of Lagos to move around the city.

When speaking, Segun Ogungbemide took the topic of road safety into consideration. He stated that taking into consideration everything that has been accomplished over the years, one would appreciate the consistency of policy. He continued by stating that in order to maintain our policies, discipline and reorientation are necessary.

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Adebowale Adeniyi, CEO of CENGSSUD Sustainability Limited; Akachukwu Okafor, CTO of Shuttlers Mobility; Ebuka Uchendu, Technical Lead of JET Motors; Jude Odum, COO of GIG Mobility; Ocholi Etu, Director of Operations of GIG Logistics; and Edward Mbogo, Co-founder and COO of MyRide Africa participated in the second panel session.

Rotus Oddiri served as the session's moderator, and the panel engaged in a comprehensive conversation about environmentally responsible business models and technological advancements in the transportation industry.

Adeniyi gave a definition of sustainability and discussed its significance. The remaining panelists discussed the challenges of building in an environmentally responsible manner in the face of competition from both the public and private sectors.

Ebuka Uchendu gave a presentation on innovations, focusing on the growing amount of work being done in the field of electric vehicles and how this is the way of the future.

These comments were echoed by other panelists as well as some audience members who attended the discussion.

In an interview with Techpoint Africa, Enahoro stated that the objective is to mold the narrative of the industry in all aspects, including security, infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and the use of technology.

He went on to say that Chidi Ajaere, the Chief Executive Officer of Greatman Legend and also one of the pioneers of modern mobility systems in Nigeria, had charged the new leadership of GIGM with the responsibility of ensuring that the legacy of leadership, technology, and service is maintained while placing an emphasis on the development of people.

He went on to say that Greatman Legend is making a sizable contribution to the incorporation of technology into the mobility industry, and that the company is dedicated to the development of the mobility landscape of the future in Nigeria and Africa.

This is one of the primary driving forces and sources of motivation that led to the establishment of this Africa-wide mobility conference.

According to Enahoro, "You cannot sit outside the problem and give answers to the difficulties." [Citation needed] We have no choice but to put our toes in it.

In the long term, Enahoro thinks that electric vehicles will end up being cheaper, and he also thinks that they are better for the environment because there are no emissions. He expressed his satisfaction with the way the conference was conducted, stating that they were able to have meaningful conversations and receive feedback from the administration.

The information that was provided by the Managing Director of LAMATA, Abimbola Akinajo, which stated that the agency is working with the World Bank on a study to check the feasibility of electric vehicles operating in the state, particularly piqued his interest. He was particularly excited about this information. He is optimistic about the outcome since he is confident that electric vehicles will be around for the foreseeable future.

In response to a question about the development of mobility in the future, Enahoro stated, "I believe that the future is not always what we make; the future is going to be what occurs to us."

"Either we adapt to the changing times and position ourselves for the future, or we will become a relic of a bygone era." There is no question that electric vehicles will dominate the mobility landscape of the future, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop that because we are going to get there."

 3 186Enahoro Okhae, CEO, GIG Mobility

Technology will play a significant role in the future of mobility, according to the chief executive officer of GIG Mobility. Mobility will evolve beyond people moving from one location to another and instead focus on connecting people with one another.

He went on to say that it shouldn't come as a surprise if GIG Mobility purchases some real estate in the metaverse and then builds a location where people can communicate virtually with one another.

He stated that the goal of GIG Mobility is for individuals to be able to move around freely and easily while still attending to other elements of their lives, such as paying their bills and being up to date on the news, while using their platform.