Lagos’s Roads: The “Anyhowness” of Nigerians
If cars are Sugar and the roads are arteries, then Lagos has a severe case of heart disease. With every passing year, the situation on Lagos roads keeps getting worse with our anger extending closer to the heavens, and the traffic becomes increasingly hellish.
Island businesses are growing
If you ever get a job on the Island, there is this bundle of joy that springs up instantly. But when you remember the nature of the roads, you immediately feel sad. Businesses on the island are growing rapidly with or without the water scares. On Lagos Island, there are finished structures everywhere, the streets that house these magnificent structures are deplorable. More apartments lead to more cars, but where do all these cars go? More apartments also mean more people in the city, but is there more public transportation to service all these people? Are the car-hailing service providers making any impact?
The Anyhowness in full swing
Sometimes I wonder why Nigerians behave the way they do, jumping lanes like they are the only people late for work. If we are all patient, we would all get to our destination on time. If you know you had to get to your destination early enough, the best you could have done is to leave early. Trying to jump lanes and play “Fast & Furious” on Lagos roads can lead to a catastrophic incident.
The sad part is that when the unfortunate incident happens, you would only see high-grade anger coming from the pit of hell. We need to learn to be civilized and remain patient. The current Lagos road network can’t handle the number of cars on the road. We all have to understand that hard truth.
What we can do
We can help ourselves by avoiding peak hours altogether, even if it means compromising an hour of sleep in the morning to get ahead of the traffic. In the evening, it might help to stay in office an hour extra or find a coffee shop to avoid the manic traffic. Carpooling with friends and colleagues is also another way to help make traffic better and it helps pass the time in a much better way.
Finally, with the advent of technology, a lot can be done from our homes. You can Skype, email, chat instead of going to a physical meeting. Watch events online are options to stay away from the road.