Christmas is near and expectedly, this month is one of merriment and many events are lined up.
However, the downside of Yuletide in Lagos is the terrible traffic conditions. Coupled with a flood of Nigerians based abroad coming into Lagos for the Christmas celebration.
Expectedly there will be teeth gnashing traffic this season.
Mobility: last weekend, Victoria Island, Lagos was a mess. I sat in traffic for 4 hours, quite a traumatizing experience.
It can get heartbreaking when you spend the time you should have ‘jollofing’ at a party, sitting in traffic. With proper traffic management, motorists and pedestrians can navigate the metropolis easily.
Road Rages: a driver stuck in traffic is not amicable, he is grumpy and all that pent-up frustration is looking for an outlet. With proper traffic management in Lagos this Yuletide, there will be less angry drivers, taking off their shirts and screaming, “do you know who I am?”
Fender Benders and Accidents: ‘you don bash my car oyibo repete’. In a nasty gridlock, drivers filled with a sense of urgency to escape the blockage are likely more reckless. ‘Bashing my motor’ to get me out of this frustrating traffic, while making a U-turn is well worth it. Although the other participant of the ‘bashing’ may not share the same sentiments.
Oftentimes these reckless driving lead to minor or major road accidents, which in turn makes an already bad traffic situation worse.
Traffic Robberies: with more unbearable traffic, miscreants get bold and decide to prey on vulnerable motorists. With better traffic management in Lagos this Yuletide, there will be fewer traffic robberies in the metropolis.
Lagos Loses Money: the bustling city of Lagos makes the most in internally generated revenue in Nigeria. The bulk of which comes from entertainment and nightlife. Imagine all that millions of naira, sitting in one place.
Sad isn’t it.