Most school children across Lagos resumed on Monday 8 September 2018 after their third term break. As usual, there was traffic gridlock across various routes in Lagos. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), motorists in the early hour of the day lamented the gridlock along tollgate, Mosalasi, Kollington axis towards Abule-Egba, Agege routes.
Mr. Adeniyi Popoola, a commercial driver plying tollgate-Iyana-Ipaja-Oshodi corridor, said that the early hours traffic was so bad to start with on Monday.
“Today’s traffic is unbearable; at times we face traffic jam as a result of heavy rain, road construction or accidents on the road. But this morning, we found out that all these factors contributed to the total gridlock today, the schools’ resumption, road construction and the effect of the downpour at the weekend contributed to the heavy traffic,” Popoola said.
A trader, Mrs. Taiwo Adedeji was of the opinion that schools’ resumptions and the heavy rainfall these days contributed to the bad situation.
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Lagos State Command Public Education Officer Mrs. Olabisi Sonusi said the Agege traffic jam arose from potholes along Abule Egba-Abattoir area.
Mrs. Olabisi Sonusi said schools resumption also contributed to the heavy traffic along the area, adding that other routes were not as bad as Agege corridor.
She urged the drivers to drive safely and consider other road users to avoid crashes.
Sonusi also advised motorists to obey instructions from the traffic officers on the road to ensure the free-flow of traffic.
Aside from the tollgate, Moshalashi, Kollington axis towards Abule-Egba, Agege routes, there was traffic jam across other parts of the state such as Lekki – Ajah axis, Oshodi – Oworo Axis.
The government alone cannot solve this traffic menace in the state. Private firms need to step up and create sustainable solutions to this traffic problem. Kudos to MAX Okada (MAX.ng), an on-demand motorcycle hailing platform in Nigeria that helps commuters book motorcycle on the go just like uber does for cars. Gidi Traffic is also helping by giving crowd-sourced traffic updates to commuters online.