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article imageRickety cabs and minibuses take over Ibadan roads Special

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By JohnThomas Didymus
Apr 21, 2012 in World
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Ibadan - Nigerian state governments appear to have largely given up on efforts to control rickety vehicles on roads. Attempts that have been made to clear roads of ramshackle vehicles by issuing road worthiness certificates seem to have failed.
The failure is due partly to corrupt practices of officials responsible for enforcing the laws. The difficulty in enforcing road worthiness regulations also arises from the fact that since the economic Structural Adjustment program (SAP) that began in the 1980s and caused devaluation of the Nigerian currency, Nigerians could no longer afford to import brand news cars and the country became dumping ground for used vehicles in poor conditions from other countries.
A cab in Ibadan. This cab is in fairly good condition by standards of the city
A cab in Ibadan. This cab is in fairly good condition by standards of the city
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A commercial minibus in Ibadan. Note the tires. Commercial bus drivers typically use secondhand tire...
A commercial minibus in Ibadan. Note the tires. Commercial bus drivers typically use secondhand tires
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Overloading is typical of cab drivers in Ibadan
Overloading is typical of cab drivers in Ibadan
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A rickety minibus in Ibadan
A rickety minibus in Ibadan
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The Lagos State Environmental Protection agency recently said that emissions from the exhaust of vehicles pose significant health hazards to Nigerians. According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), automobiles are the largest source of air pollution in Lagos State. The agency estimated that exhaust fumes account for two-thirds of carbon monoxide, a third of nitrogen oxides and quarter of the hydrocarbons in Lagos.
Close up view of a typical  Danfo  minibus in Ibadan
Close up view of a typical "Danfo" minibus in Ibadan
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A ramshackle cab in Ibadan
A ramshackle cab in Ibadan
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An overloaded rickety minibus with a worn engine struggling to take off.
An overloaded rickety minibus with a worn engine struggling to take off.
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Rickety cab parked in Ibadan
Rickety cab parked in Ibadan
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A dilapidated minibus still in active service
A dilapidated minibus still in active service
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In Ibadan, cab and minibus drivers are the worst offenders. Failure to enforce road worthiness regulations in Oyo State, of which Ibadan is capital, encourages cab and commercial mini bus drivers to act with impunity. The automobiles many of them place on the roads just manage to keep wobbling along on busy streets emitting dense clouds of smoke and wailing engine noises that force other drivers to give way. But what any casual observer will notice is the Buddha-like serenity of the drivers as they pass with thick billows of smoke trailing them.
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