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HEAVY TRAFFIC JAM IN EXPERIENCED IN LAGOS, NIGERIA IS LIKELY TO GIVE BIRTH TO ONE OF TWO SCENARIOS.

 Source: Fair Observer

Source: Fair Observer

Is it me or is it my trend spotting antenna going haywire. The recent trend in traffic in Lagos, Nigeria is alarming. The commercial capital of Nigeria also known as Lasgidi or Gidi for short is experiencing some terrible gridlock every now and then. Distances that will take 2hrs to cover now takes nearly 3 times the time and this is no exaggeration. This terrible traffic condition have however been linked to the terrible state of roads in the city, nonchalant from government bodies, deviated attention to oncoming elections and terrible road usage culture.

 Source: PMnews Nigeria

Source: PMnews Nigeria

So where could this trend lead the city to?

From what we have observed, there are two possible outcomes, a worst case scenario and a best case scenario. Let’s start with the former:

Worst case scenario

If this trend should continue it is likely to lead to a perpetual lockdown of the city roads which would limit movement, therefore frustrating businesses and activities. As a result, it would lead to another level of hardship for the residents –as if living in Africa isn’t hard enough.

Best case scenario

It will force the hand of the government into investing in other forms of transportation, preferably railway –trains. Although expensive to kick start but it will do the country a lot of good as neighboring states will be open for inhabitation, thereby decongesting Lagos and drastically dropping the price of transportation and housing –since people will now move to places like Ibadan, Ogun state and so on as trains will easily bring them to Lagos for work and take them back home in the quickest possible time.

For the meantime, TINK is watching this trend very closely to see which scenario it eventually leads Nigerians, especially Lagosians into.