A recent report by a Lagos-based transport firm has revealed that Lagos residents spend an average of three out of every ten years of their lives in traffic.
The survey shows that the traffic has adverse effects on the lifespan of residents of the state, as they spend an average of seven hours and twenty minutes in traffic daily.
According to the Managing Director, Planet Projects, Mr. Biodun Otunola, who spoke a press briefing in Lagos on Saturday, 70 percent of the city’s traffic bottlenecks are located on road junctions.
He said building new roads is not the solution to the problem but the maintaining existing ones and removing some of the junctions to aid free-flow of traffic for Lagos residents.
“Driving to work daily and being stuck in traffic for hours causes fatigue, leads to low productivity and burning of fuel. Unless we solve the traffic problem, and by extension the transport problem, we’ll continue to kill ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Maya, Itele, Parafa and Idafa communities in Ikorodu area of the state have cried out to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, their representatives in the state and national assemblies, as well as the Police authorities in the state, to come to their rescue over rampant killings and attacks by cult groups operating in the area.
Victims and relatives of murdered persons, who spoke to The Nation last Friday after four persons were killed during a week-long cult war between the Eiye and Aiye cult groups, said troops of young boys invaded the communities since last Sunday afternoon and turned the area to a war zone.
It was gathered that more than a hundred boys had invaded the communities from various places with dangerous arms and ammunition following the killing of one of the cult boys on Sunday 20th November, by members of a rival cult group during an argument at Maya bus stop. By evening, of the same day, another person was gunned down in Itele.
People who were returning late from the town that day were stranded as the cultists exchanged gunfire indiscriminately. Residents of all the communities here were left in fear and anxiety all through Sunday night as the shooting continued all night long.
The communities are calling on the government to come to their rescue.