The street of Lagos is popularly considered as a hostile environment. One which requires the sternest of hearts to survive the daily stress that comes with living in it. A “home” to over 21 million people, most of whom hail from various states across the federation. Lagos isn’t just called the nation’s commercial capital for no reason, it serves as a major commercial hub for various industries responsible for the economic growth of the nation.
It is however important to note that the stress of living in Lagos could be overwhelming. High cost of living and traffic congestion (hold up) sits on the top of the long list of major problems associated with this state.
Did you know that, Lagos residents waste 3 out of 10 years in Traffic? Surviving the daily traffic in Lagos is something Lagosians see as a profession; like a side hustle aside from your regular job, only that in this case, you don’t get paid. Lagos traffic is obviously, a respecter of no man. It affects everyone, irrespective of your financial or social status.
In light of this topic, I recently conducted a survey in Ikeja; the state capital. The aim of this survey is to find out how Lagosians feel about various means of transportation in Lagos, and which form of transportation helps them cope during traffic congestion -- in the absence of railroads and more road networks. It is important to note that this survey was limited to 200 residents and the outcome (see chart below) should not be considered as the general opinion of Lagosians.
In conclusion, it is fair to say that the traffic congestion on Lagos roads is definitely a situation that should be given prior attention by the government, and the need for more road networks and railways can not be overemphasized.
Credit: A mini-survey by Ima-Abasi Joseph Pius
Article Credit: Ima-Abasi Joseph Pius