In this paper, we focus on the sustainability of housing and transport in Lagos, Nigeria. The study’s goal This paper analyses the issues of sustainability in the public transport sector of an urban city (Onitsha Nigeria) in the Global South. The increase in population due to rural-to-urban migration and economic growth has resulted in increased demand for urban cities. The evolution of transportation has a correlation with economic development given that it connects people to their social and economic activities. Onitsha is a commercial city with the biggest market in West Africa with a population of 1.6 million people. Road transportation is the only mode of transportation in Onitsha, despite a large capacity in the waterways that are under utilised. As a result, the public transportation system is characterised by heavy congestion, environmental pollution, dilapidated infrastructures and inadequate regulations and policies. These have a significant detrimental impact on the city’s economy and call for transportation solutions that are readily available, quick, and inexpensive. This paper proposes the use of Systems Thinking (ST) to better understand the interactions between the social, technological, economic, and environmental systems to help decision-makers develop policies that will ensure sustainability in the public transport sector.

Authors: Nkechi Nwankwo, Titus Kehinde Olaniyi, Onyeka Samuel Ojinna

Published in: World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST-2023)

  • Date of Conference: 13-15 November 2023
  • DOI: 10.20533/WCST.2023.0004
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-64-8
  • Conference Location: St Anne’s College, Oxford University, UK