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Abstract: In 2011 the World Bank and others were concerned that cities all over the developing world were losing their battle with increasing traffic congestion in part because they lacked institutions that had the authority and the capacity to promote public transportation in an integrated fashion. Lagos was one of the few major cities in the developing world to have a metropolitan area public transportation authority with broad powers, independent resources and a staff of international quality. The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (LAMATA) had some early successes but other agencies were expanding their roles raising the question as to how LAMATA's success could be maintained and replicated.
Learning Objective: This case is designed to illustrate the importance of aligning the mission of an agency with its internal capacity and external political support. The leadership of LAMATA does a good job of aligning the three main elements of strategy under Governor Tinubu but faces some difficulties under his successor Governor Fashola.