The global 50by50 goal of sustainable transport and the spatial implication of end-of-life/used vehicle dumps in Africa; a case study of Nigeria


Dukiya Jehoshaphat Jaiye and Adedeji Isiaka

Review I Published June,2015


Journal of Physical Science and Environmental Studies Vol. 1 (1), pp. 1-9


Mobility of people, goods and information has always been fundamental component of human societies and immobility perpetuates individual poverty and nation backwardness. The threats of energy shortage and climatic change have among other things motivated the developed countries to replace out modelled automobiles with more environmental friendly ones. While Sub-Saharan countries are now the dumping ground for such out-modelled vehicles. This study examined the spatial implication of used/end-of-life vehicle trade on Africa with focus on Nigeria.  The study finds out that in Abuja (Nigeria), there are  approximately fourth two (42)  used vehicles dealers occupying about 1.13km2 of land, which is about 0.452% of the city’s total land area. While in Minna, Niger state (Nigeria), there are seven (7) major vehicle dealers occupying about 0.14km2 of land area; with other motor mechanic junk shops covering about 2.15km2 lands in the town. It is therefore recommended that the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU) should as a matter of urgency impose capital punishment on violators of the ban on the importation of End-of-Life Vehicle (ELVs), while enhancing the pathway to home-built vehicles.  

Key word: Transportation, waste trade, End-of-Life Vehicle, Land use, Sustainable transport.

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