A recent study conducted by the Danne Institute for Research claims that Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, loses an incredible N4 trillion year due to traffic congestion.

The research “Behavioural Causes of Traffic Congestion in Lagos,” which was funded by the Bank of Industry and Africa Finance Corporation, stressed the need for prompt action to reduce the financial and social consequences.

The report was delivered on Wednesday in Lagos.

Advertisement

According to Franca Ovadje, Executive Director of the Danne Institute for Research, the massive loss would have prohibited financing for vital sectors such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure development.

The research indicates that behavioral factors like poor road infrastructure, violating traffic laws, agberos’ actions at bus stops, and buses picking up passengers are the main offenders.

Ovadje emphasized that Lagos’ 21 million residents do not produce as much as their numbers due to the crippling consequences of traffic jams on day-to-day living.

The study indicates that for every doubling of the population, productivity growth in emerging nations should rise by 5 to 6 percent.

The respondents identified the construction, upkeep, and repair of roads as their top challenge. They also proposed the outlawing of agberos and the strict enforcement of traffic laws as solutions.

The study recommends that government agencies prioritize these recommendations in order to boost productivity, attract funding, and generate substantial internal revenue through law enforcement.

Forty-five percent of Lagos residents spend more time commuting than the average of 2.21 hours per day, according to the report.

“Areas like Ajah, Etiosa, and Apapa bear the brunt, necessitating urgent measures such as nighttime road construction, creation of alternative routes during construction, and strict enforcement of traffic laws,” the report noted.

Once development of the Lekki Coastal Road is completed by the Lagos State Government, the report suggests continuing actions to prevent future traffic issues.

It requires harsh penalties in addition to increased presence of LASTMA officials, police, and possibly military in order to properly regulate traffic.

The report’s conclusion advocates for a widespread campaign against touts and dishonest traffic wardens in order to restore order to Lagos’ roadways and transform the city into a vibrant, wealthy metropolis.

Former Permanent Secretary Taiwo Salaam of the Lagos State Ministry of Transport said in 2022 that if traffic congestion in the region is not addressed until 2030, Lagos’ densely populated city might lose as much as $21 billion monthly.