George Banjo – World Bank
Dayo Mobereola – Lagos Metropolitan Area
LAMATA was conceived in the mid-1990 as one of the key instruments for addressing the transport problems of Metropolitan Lagos. It is one of the few such agencies in the developing world with a mandate to address metropolitan wide transport issues.
Many expert observers have often held it up as a ‘good practice’ with regard to its organizational design and performance given its context and the challenges it face. It is now ten years since LAMATA’s establishment and its commencement of operation. The objective in this paper is to review its performance against its initial objective(s) with a view to identifying key successes and failures and to examine options for consolidating and further deepening its organizational framework and improving its performance. The review is detailed in nature.
The paper begins with a brief presentation of the transport situation in Metropolitan Lagos that gave rise to the creation of LAMATA. It then goes on to discuss key elements of LAMATA’s organizational design – their purpose and intent – and how they have facilitated or constrained its performance. The paper also contains an analysis of the emerging urban development trends in Metropolitan Lagos and the impact of these on the characteristics of transport demand and supply. These trends are contrasted with the situation before the creation of LAMATA and then used to identify the emerging challenges for LAMATA as a metropolitan transport agency. The paper is concluded with an exploration of the needed policy and institutional reforms within the transport sector and the organizational changes that LAMATA may need to make if these challenges are to be met in a sustainable manner. It is hoped that the paper will provide valuable lessons to other cities wishing to embark upon the reform of their institutional arrangements for the delivery of urban transport services at the metropolitan scale.