Traffic jams perceived as a pressure on economic development

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Hayes Emmanuel, an engineer who works in Ogudu and lives in Yaba, says he has to leave the house on time to avoid spending more than two hours in traffic jams. And that he spends most of his useful time stuck in traffic.

“The worst thing is that there will be no buses on rainy days, and when we arrive there will be heavy traffic and in the end there is little or nothing to blame for the traffic jams on the roads,” Emmanuel said.

Samuel Olaniyan, a doctor who lives in Satellite Town and travels to Festac, lamented the circulation problems. He also pointed out that sometimes traffic starts in the estate, with trucks parked everywhere, and by the time he gets to the bus stop there are crowds waiting for the buses, fares have gone up and he ends up being late for work. and exhausted.

“During rainy days the roads are flooded, an extra hour to spend in traffic, Olaniyan said.

People have a direct interaction with traffic, in other words, traffic jams and traffic jams. People look down on it and see it as a major impediment to economic activities, especially in a place like Lagos.

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Commercial activity increased due to the automobile boom, and as the population grew geometrically and the area became overcrowded, traffic congestion also increased.

The relationship between traffic and economy in Lagos, which is home to nearly 20 million people and has the sixth largest economy in Africa, is more significant as it costs the city’s economy billions of naira every day.

Congestion causes people to be late for work or appointments, drains energy before being most productive, delays deliveries and increases fuel consumption in cars. However, to some extent, congestion is a sign that many people have a job to do or a business to run, which is definitely a good thing.

The 6.39 million employees in Lagos spend an average of 2.21 hours in traffic per day, losing the equivalent of N1,1180 per hour in wages or N17 million per day, according to the Danne Institute for research. The long journeys between the place of residence and work of the inhabitants of Lagos cause endless traffic jams. Every day, 8 million people travel in five million cars on a network of 9,204 routes between the mainland and the island in Nigeria’s smallest state by landmass.

Goddey Odin, research analyst at SBM Intelligence, said the implications of traffic include missed appointments, higher transport, reduced productivity, high levels of stress, increased environmental costs from car emissions and the frequency increased accidents and the effect on the environment is one of the least visible consequences.

According to a publication by the Danne Institute for Research, roads in Lagos are unable to keep up with the volume of traffic, infrastructure is still inadequate and options such as water and rail transport are underutilized.

“Lagos traffic has many commuters in a tangle of trouble. I spent nearly five hours in one day following the same route. It is quite unpleasant and decreases the efficiency of the workplace. The physical and mental health of workers is seriously affected by traffic jams, which also cause noise and environmental pollution,” Odin said. “Traffic congestion in Lagos has a number of negative repercussions, some of which directly affect drivers’ sense of well-being. Examples include time wasted in traffic lines and changes in driving behavior,” Odin said.

According to the Danne report, with 2.2 km of road per 1,000 inhabitants and a total passenger traffic of 20 million per day, the supply of roads in Lagos is one of the lowest in West Africa.

“Inefficient transport infrastructure is the reason Lagos is congested, markets fragmented and job opportunities disconnected, a multi-modal transport system that can move people and goods quickly and cheaply among a network of cities within a city can unlock the dividends of economic density,” he said.

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