In a survey by a Lagos-based transport firm, Planet Projects, reports show that at least three of every 10 years spent in Lagos is lost to traffic.
Deducing from this, it means that residents of Lagos, Nigeriaâ€™s economic capital, spend an average of seven hours 20 minutes in traffic every day.
Mr. Biodun Otunola, The Managing Director, Planet Projects, who spoke on the issue at a press briefing in Lagos on Saturday, said 70 per cent of the cityâ€™s traffic bottlenecks could be located on road junctions.
He pointed out that this phenomenon was taking a heavy toll on the health of the road users, reducing their lifespan and adversely affecting their productivity as well as the economy of the nation.
â€œDriving 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, weâ€™ll continue to kill ourselves,â€.
Adding that his firm is organizing a three-day conference on the challenges and opportunities in the Nigerian railway from today (Monday), implying that there was an urgent need to reduce car ridership in Lagos by 20 per cent.
Using the Lekki-Epe Expressway as an example, Lekki-Epe Expressway was initially designed to move an average of 7,000 vehicles, now had to contend with about 70,000 automobiles.
While adding that there was no need to build new roads in Lagos, it is only required to work on the existing ones, remove some junctions and focus on effective public transportation.
Quoting him, he said economic development and improvement in standard of living may not be achieved unless necessary steps are taken to tackle the challenges in the transportation sector.
He also revealed that the firm had concluded plans to host an international conference on railway themed: â€˜Nigeria railway industry moving from 19 to 21 century: Challenges and opportunitiesâ€™, he said it would address key issues in the industry.