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Report: Lagos loses N4trn to traffic congestion annually

Report: Lagos loses N4trn to traffic congestion annually
February 09
18:41 2021

A new report by Danne Institute for Research, a Lagos based research institution, says Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, loses about N4 trillion annually as a result of traffic congestion.

The report titled “Connectivity and Productivity Report” explained that the amount is derived from the culmination of estimated 14.12 million hours lost by Lagosians while commuting to work every day.

Presenting the findings of the research at a public-private sector dialogue on February 4, Franca Ovadje, founder and executive director of the institute, lamented that it is unfortunate that the growth of Lagos megacity is not leading to productivity increases due to the state’s connectivity issues.

“We found that the cost to individuals of traffic congestion is N133,978.68 per annum for those who own their vehicles and N79,039.40 each year for those who use public transport. The total loss to Lagos is estimated at 14.12 million hours per day or N3,834,340,158,870 per annum, ” she said.


Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state governor, who was represented at the event by Frederic Oladeinde, the state commissioner for transportation, said that Lagos was adopting a multi-pronged approach as the government is convinced that the state cannot spend its way out of congestion.

He explained that the strategy of the government is to modernise and maximise existing transport networks and implement the Lagos transport masterplan that proposes investment in a multimodal transport system like waterways and 7 rail lines.

In her remarks, Toki Mabogunje, president of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), suggested that the Lagos state government agree on an operational framework with the federal government such that some federal assets such as roads and ports can be controlled and managed by the state to tackle congestion.


On his part, Joseph Agunbiade, co- founder of BudgIT, said the government should prioritize data, innovation and disruption along with attracting massive private investment to close the transport infrastructure deficit.



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