Did you know Lagos, Nigeria, has a wildly successful Bus Rapid Transit system?
Nigeria is nominally a democracy with a republican form of government, but democratic government is frequently punctuated by military dictatorships.
So it’s kind of cool to see that current civilian government isn’t afraid to stand up to the military for what we would see as minor traffic offenses. The governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, caught Colonel Kayode Yusuf driving in the bus lane.
Here in the USA, he wouldn’t have even gotten the ticket. In Nigeria, the Army Colonel was fined ₦25,000 (roughly US$150) after a military court martial.
Governor Fashola oversaw the inauguration of BRT service in 2008, and approved ₦80B (about US$500M) to begin construction of Sub-Saraha Africa’s first light rail system outside of South Africa.