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Lagos Traffic and Effect on Choice Location for Shelter

LAGOS TRAFFIC AND EFFECTS ON CHOICE LOCATION FOR SHELTER AMONG LAGOS RESIDENTS

At the rate we are going in the city of Lagos traffic may further be exacerbated by an increase in population in few years to come if something is not done urgently” Many urban cities in Nigeria are bedeviled with traffic congestion which tends to defy various remedial measures adopted by several government administrations over the years, and Lagos is no exception.
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Lagos as we know is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa with population of over 21 million residents. It has turned from just a state to a MEGA CITY at present. While the vast city grows, the residents experience certain difficulties as they go through their day to day activities. The level of traffic congestion in Lagos lately has been quite disturbing, you can be stacked in traffic for hours with little or no movement. Being the most populated state in Nigeria and Africa in which about 50% of the populace own a car congestion becomes inevitable without proper control measures in place.

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Traffic congestion in Lagos when observed can mostly be attributed to include the following problems: Presence of potholes/bad roads, Trading activities, On-street parking, loading and discharging of passengers, illegal bus-stops, flooding/poor drainage, vehicle breakdowns, narrow road section, religious activities, high volume of traffic, lack parking space, lack of traffic light at some road intersections and so on.

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However, over time we have studied the effects that traffic prone and traffic free locations have on the choice location of shelter among Lagos residents. We observe that this has come to be an everyday problem particularly for the working-class population whose only option for transport is mainly via road. So much calls have been made to the authorities to open up the water ways for mass transportation with little or no progress in sight. With everyone on the road only it becomes inevitable that a 20 minutes journey will now require 2 hours to complete.

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For instance, an employee who lives in Abule-Egba, Lagos and works in Victoria Island would have to start his journey to work as early as 4:30am to make 8:00am resumption time. Whereas, a fellow colleague who lives in Gbagada, Lagos or even Surulere, Lagos may decide to start his journey by 6:30am and still make the resumption time. The same applies for the return journey after work, while the Abule- Egba employee arrives from work between 10:00pm and 12:00am depending on the length of traffic his colleague who lives in Gbagada and Surulere are already asleep and getting ready for the next day’s work.

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Of course, this daily routine for the Abule-Egba employee and for other traffic prone locations is not without some dare health consequences. This particularly has seen us in Apro Global Real Estates receiving calls from residents demanding to change their homes with demand for close proximity to the island or their place of work in general to avoid the pain of traffic congestion. Moreso, this effect has made most flats and houses in close proximity to the Island and those of central Lagos in high demand and saturated.
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Now, let’s face the reality of this effect. The higher the demand the lower the supply and the higher the cost in the real estate rental market in Lagos. For an instance, I have a friend who lives at ogba and works at Epe, he leaves his house as early as 4am just to get to work by 8am. Whereas he could have decided to get an apartment in Epe although at a more expensive price. Now he takes a four [4] hours journey within Lagos WOW!!! Even travelling to Oyo state from Lagos shouldn’t take that long. Last time I talked to him he told me he is thinking of moving to Epe. Well I am not surprised; the terrible condition of Lagos traffic has forced most people into their current living conditions. You can see a person earning about 500,000naira per month, living in a one room apartment on the island while his counterparts’ lives in a duplex on the mainland. You would expect someone earning that to live comfortably, right?

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Many people are forced away from their desired shelter location, not because they can’t afford it, but the traffic situation in Lagos has made it unbearable for them.
Based on the current traffic condition in Lagos, residents are left with a choice to make between luxury in the outskirt of Lagos at a cheaper rent or comfort of distance but at a slightly expensive rent.
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By; SORIWEI OLUWAPELUMI
Apro Global Real Estates Consultant
www.aproglobalng.com

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