Two hundred electric minicabs will be unveiled in March by the Lagos Council.

As part of its empowerment programme for 2024, the Ikoyi Obalende Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos State will roll out 200 electric minicabs, according to Chairman Faud Atanda-Lawal.

On Friday, Atanda-Lawal made this statement while speaking to reporters at the council secretariat in Obalende, Lagos.

He promised a two-part empowerment rollout by the first quarter of 2024.

Mini electric cabs with seven seats would help mitigate fuel subsidy elimination and transportation price increases, according to Atanda-Lawal.

“We have outlined all of our goals for this local government this year, including improvements to education, works and infrastructure, the health sector, and transport.

We plan to achieve that in a way that will startle you. One could argue that it is the town hall. Why are you involved in the transportation industry? But 2024 is the year of our grand strategy.

To mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy elimination and transportation cost increases, Atanda-Lawal announced the arrival of 200 seven-seater minicabs and the introduction of electric vehicles.

He asserts that the council is playing a crucial role in the federal government’s initiative to shift towards safer and cleaner energy in order to create an economy that is both efficient and sustainable.

Education, works and infrastructure, health, and transport are the four areas the council has recognised as having an effect on the cost of living and the standard of living as a whole, he said.

With transport as an example, the head of the council emphasised that transit is critical to any country’s economy and commerce.

Ikoyi-Obalende and its environs will soon have access to electric vehicles, which he claims will facilitate cheaper transit.

In addition, he said that the municipality would construct ten charging stations around the neighbourhood to assist with repairs for the beneficiaries.
According to Atanda-Lawal, it is the responsibility of his administration to address public concerns around transportation expenses.

In February, we will be putting in our electric automobiles,” he continued. We intend to empower our staff by the end of the first quarter of this year, and we won’t stop there.

In addition, we’ll set up ten charging stations. He said that this year the community will be able to rent the automobiles and use them for driving.

According to the head of the council, those who receive the benefits will be able to support their families and help the economy grow.

He said that the LCDA, society, and families will all benefit greatly from the proposed empowerment program’s increased profits.

Atanda-Lawal assured pensioners and the elderly that the council’s food bank scheme will keep providing for their basic necessities.
In contrast to food banks, palliative care is more of a stopgap measure; we must remember that everyone will have needs and look for ways to meet them.

We place a premium on the well-being of the people we control, which is why food banks play a crucial role.

Since taking office in 2017, the Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA has made the food bank a permanent part of our operations.

“When we speak about empowering our people, we’re not only referring to creating economic opportunities; we’re also talking about ensuring that our elderly and retirees have access to the food they need to meet their daily needs.”

The head of the council said that he was trying to lift people out of poverty with all of his programmes.

We have progressed beyond the point of attempting to provide individuals with one-time assistance or palliative care; ensuring happiness for everyone is our top priority.

He made it clear that the needs of the people were the main priority of the local administration.

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