Costs of Okada Transportation Across Nigeria’s Geo-Political Zones in April 2024

Shefiu Muib
By Muib Shefiu 4 Min Read

As Nigerians continue to battle with daily needs, the cost of transportation remains a critical aspect of their day-to-day activities. One of the most common and convenient modes of transportation, particularly for short distances, is the motorcycle, locally known as “okada.”

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently released data comparing the average prices of okada journeys per drop across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria in April 2023 and April 2024. This article explains the findings and explores the trends and possible implications of these changes.

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Overview of the Data

The NBS data highlights the average prices per drop for okada journeys in April 2023 and April 2024 across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones. The percentage change over the year provides insight into the varying economic conditions and transportation dynamics within each zone.

Geo-Political ZonesAverage price (April 2023)Average price (April 2024)Percentage
NORTH CENTRAL528.96452.86– 14.39
NORTH EAST516.87511.67– 1.01
NORTH WEST. 335.81421.4325.50
SOUTH EAST480.14470.00– 2.11
SOUTH SOUTH405.97485.0019.47
SOUTH WEST518.92530.002.13

Regional Analysis

North Central

The North Central zone saw a notable decrease in the average price of okada journeys, dropping by 14.39% from ₦528.96 to ₦452.86. This substantial reduction could be attributed to improved transportation infrastructure, increased competition among riders, or economic policies aimed at reducing transportation costs.

North East

In the North East, the average price dropped marginally by 1.01%, from ₦516.87 to ₦511.67. This slight decrease suggests a relatively stable transportation cost environment, possibly reflecting modest improvements in security and infrastructure, which are critical in this region known for its challenges.

North West

Contrary to the trends in the North Central and North East, the North West experienced a significant increase of 25.50%, with prices rising from ₦335.81 to ₦421.43. This sharp rise could be due to increased demand, rising fuel costs, or economic pressures unique to the region.

South East

The South East saw a modest reduction of 2.11%, with prices falling from ₦480.14 to ₦470.00. This slight decline indicates minor improvements or stabilization in the factors affecting transportation costs.

South South

In the South-South, there was a noticeable increase of 19.47%, with prices climbing from ₦405.97 to ₦485.00. The rise in transportation costs in this oil-rich region might be linked to economic policies, changes in the local economy, or fluctuations in the cost of living.

South West

The South West, including Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, experienced a minor increase of 2.13%, from ₦518.92 to ₦530.00. This slight rise suggests a relatively stable economic environment with minor adjustments in transportation costs.


The NBS data provides a crucial snapshot of how transportation costs are evolving across Nigeria. Understanding these trends is vital for policymakers, businesses, and residents as they navigate the complexities of transportation and economic development in the country. Continued monitoring and targeted interventions could help manage these costs, ensuring more affordable and efficient transportation for all Nigerians.

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