Hey Favourite Readers! It’s me again welcoming you to another exciting episode (can I say episode) on ericotrips.
In a previous post, I promised I’ll be publishing “consistently” on Mondays but today’s Thursday.
Well, I’ve been under the weather a bit but medications, rest and Jesus! saved me. If you’re an avid fan, I sincerely apologise for this late publication and if you’re not Hello!
Today, I want to try something new. This isn’t a regular blogpost where I speak of art galleries, beaches or national monuments. This time is different because I’ll be discussing matters pertaining to travel and transportation in Lagos state, Nigeria.
Lagos is a Mega-city, no doubt. It’s home to a thriving population of more than 21 million people and your guess is as good as mine on their primary means of transportation. Yes! It’s by Road. Everyday, the city suffers tremendously from traffic congestion of proportions you’ll hardly dream of.
Fact: Did you know that the average Lagosian spends close to 3 hours in traffic on a daily basis.
This narrative is inspired by @unclekennyy‘s post on Instagram. In the post, a precise image of the Ketu/Ojota section of Ikorodu road is captioned, “Tell me what you love about Lagos.”
I searched the depths of my mind and of course, there were things to love about Lagos city, the food, architecture, hotels, lifestyle, entertainment, people etc. It got me thinking, what don’t I love about Lagos.
Let’s do a little recap, Ikorodu road is a four-lane expressway that links Ikorodu town to the Mainland of Lagos. It spans an impressive 24.5 km length and hosts amenities such as traffic lights, BRT lane and bus stops.
In recent years, driving through Ikorodu road was a tough pill to swallow, you literally had to sit for 3 if not 5 hours just to get to Ikorodu Garage from Mile 12 on “a good day.” The former Governor of Lagos state, His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola softened this Achilles Heel by reconstructing Ikorodu road and adding a BRT Lane to it.
A very appluadable effort but was it enough?
Fast forward to about 5 years later, even with the “new” road and BRT, influx of people into Ikorodu and environs have made the efforts of the Lagos state government seem irrelevant with longer trip times and increased vehicular activity.
How Do We Fix This Problem?
I’ve thought quite hard about this and it’s not going to be the first time someone presented these ideas, it’s worth a shot anyways. You never know who may stumble on this article.
- Waterways Transport: Lagos is bordered by water on every side. Even now, citizens of Ikorodu board ferries from Magidun jetty to the island. The acquisition of more ferries, safety equipment and clearing of water channels will make water transport much safer and efficient for commuters.
- Metro Lines: Ordinarily, I would suggest we dig subway tunnels under Lagos Metropolis (wouldn’t that be cool) but the project costs not to mention already existing construction could stall such development. I propose we go on with overhead and regular ground lines like the ones in Marina.
Dear Government, please don’t buy outdated or old school trains like the one shown below. If we can’t get electric trains let’s make it similar to the ones in Abuja.
That said, these are the less expensive “solutions” that can save Lagosians hours in traffic.
- Intensive Dumping of Refuse.
- Prompt Road Repairs.
- Consistent Traffic Control.
THIS IS OUR LAGOS AND WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO FIX IT.
Ekó o nì baje.
Thanks for reading this post.
Please tell me what you think in your comments below. Also, share your suggestions on how to lessen traffic congestion in Lagos state.
Until next time. Cheers!