From anywhere to anywhere, all over Lagos – Epe, Ikorodu, Alagbado, Surulere, Ojodu Berger, Apapa, Lekki, Agege, Ikeja, Yaba, Iyana-Ipaja, Victoria Island, Ikotun, Ojo – everywhere in Lagos is traffic.
The traffic, as we used to know it, was isolated to certain hours, certain days.
We’re used to Monday mornings being bad. Friday evenings, too. And when the Redeemed Christian Church of God has its monthly program? Oh God!
It’s easy to forget what constant traffic might result in if one’s only goal is to get home at night or arrive at the office early in the morning. The man-hours lost, the stress gained, the shortened lifespan.
However, how many important meetings that could have yielded incredible opportunities have been missed because of the traffic? How many lives have been lost because the road to the hospital is blocked?
In Lekki, in the traffic that leads to the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge, drivers climb the sidewalks with abandon in an attempt to cut through. More than once this has led to one scratching another’s car, which ultimately leads to them parking on the road and causing more traffic.
It’s the same story on Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, and, frankly, everywhere else.
The flooding also doesn’t help for sure, and the danfos that stop in the middle of the road.
One could go on, really.
While we wait on the government to please, PLEASE, help fix our roads, we can do the little things on our part, like exercising a little patience and obeying traffic rules.