The African Circular Business Alliance (ACBA) commends the Embassy of Sweden in Abuja, Business Sweden (The Swedish Trade & Invest Council), and Scania West Africa Ltd for organising the timely and crucial Sustainable Urban Transport Event in Lagos, Nigeria, held on the 25th of January 2024.
This high-level event gathered key business representatives and governmental officials to explore innovative partnerships between Sweden and Nigeria in sustainable urban transport development and alternative fuel solutions tailored for Lagos.
We were honoured to have our CEO, Mr. Miguel Peters, represent us at this significant gathering.
Other notable attendees included:
- H.E. Ms. Annika Hahn-Englund, Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon & ECOWAS, and Ms. Anthonia Adenaya Huard, showcased Sweden’s dedication and actions towards sustainability through progressive policies.
- Engr. Osa Konyeha of LAMATA-NG, addressed Lagos’ urbanisation challenges and outlined the city’s strategic plan for sustainability and circular economy.
- Mr. François LECHAT, Head of Scania West Africa, emphasized Scania Group’s commitment to sustainable mobility, including their contributions to the BRT system, biofuel usage, and CNG adoption.
- A dedicated session on financing crucial projects involved Mr. Obiora C. Okoye of Blackaion Capital Ltd, Mr. Rotimi Teteye, Senior Vice President at Stanbic IBTC Infrastructure Fund, and Mr. Mudashiru Hakeem, Head of Segments Banking at Wema Bank Plc.
ACBA recognizes the immense importance of promoting sustainable urban transportation, particularly in rapidly growing megacities such as Lagos. The environmental and health consequences of the current traffic situation are deeply concerning, and we applaud the Lagos government’s proactive approach in taking a step towards a greener future.
This event’s focus on cleaner transportation perfectly aligns with ACBA’s mission to fight waste and promote green fuels like biofuel, exemplified by our ongoing Waste-to-Energy program in West, and North West Africa, which directly addresses the need for clean fuel sources, a key ingredient for sustainable transportation. This two-fold benefit not only reduces the burden on landfills but also provides a sustainable fuel source for vehicles.
Through collaborations with organisations like Scania Group, the Swedish government, the Lagos State government, and local partners, ACBA believes we will accelerate the transition towards a cleaner, healthier future for African cities, and we are confident that by sharing knowledge, expertise, and innovative solutions, we will inspire more megacities in Africa and across the globe to embrace sustainable urban mobility.
ACBA reiterates its gratitude to the organisers for hosting this critical event and looks forward to continued collaboration in implementing sustainable urban transport solutions across Africa and beyond.