Nigeria’s Lower Parliament Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Habitat, Obinna Chidoka, has welcomed the unanimous vote by the Nigeria Senate in favour of a resolution supporting ridesharing. The development paves the way for Nigeria to be the first country in Africa to make a significant step forward towards environmental preservation by building ridesharing into their transportation policies.
“This resolution is a pivotal step for Nigeria and the critical role technology will play in helping us achieve the ambitions set out in the 2015 Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future,” said Chidoka, “This ridesharing resolution is an important development in reducing the number of cars on our roads, creating thousands of jobs and building sustainable businesses for our country.”
Ridesharing is the sharing of vehicles by passengers to reduce vehicle trips, traffic congestion, and automobile emissions. In response to this challenge, we have seen governments across the world are embracing ridesharing. According to Uber, technology company, Nigeria is at the very vanguard of urbanisation, expected to add over 200 million people to its cities in the next 40 years, more than tripling the size of its current urban population.