For most residents living in this adrenalin city called
I dare say that majority of Lagosians who are faced with having to take the rickety commercial buses driven by deranged drivers are in the majority. I am talking of those Lagosians who commute daily from their different locations in ‘Danfo’, ‘Molues’ and ‘Kabukabu’ and have to disembark and trek long distances to their appointments to transact most of their business on foot. For these classes of residents of this city, their ordeals begin as soon as they alight from the sub-human buses.
The nature of
Stories have been told of how orderly
The situation is much worse in
The most disheartening is the complete ignorance of the use of the simple road sign of Zebra crossing by motorists in
A former Nigerian leader referred to
What manner of people are we? What kind of people will annex pedestrian walks with fences and walls? The commercial offices are the guiltiest. On Allen Avenue, Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Ajose Adeogun in Victoria Island, you will not be surprised to see signs like No Walking, No Standing on pedestrian walk! We are we supposed to walk? On the main road? To get knocked down by deranged drivers? Who will come to our aid? Who will save ordinary trekking Lagosians from the antics of this Hobbesian state of nature we have found ourselves? This lawlessness is off the limit. Something needs to be done and quickly too.
The above underscores the scant disregard for law and order. It also shows the value we place on human lives in our society. A society where the simple act of walking is a crime and can send one to the great beyond. A society where you have to watch your back all the time. I stand to be proved wrong by anyone that if you walk on any of the available pedestrian walk in this city without looking behind you every second, you run the risk of losing your limb by an Okada rider or a commercial bus driver. Not to forget the bullion vans and the commercial bank drivers. Who drives as if they are under the influence of hard drugs?
Recently I was in
The spate of loss of lives occasioned by these scant disregards for simple roads signs are alarming and calls for strict enforcement of laws that guides road use in the state. Roads are important parts of our lives. Rules that guide its use determine the well-being of citizens. In major cities of the world, respect and observance of road signs are sacrosanct. In
This is another challenge for the authorities in
A massive awareness campaigns should be embarked upon by all roads agencies to sensitize our people to respect and observe all roads signs including the ones meant for pedestrians. And for the highbrow commercial offices and their conniving local government official, that have turned our pedestrian walks to car parks, they should simply be told to look for space for their customers else where. They should kindly let us enjoy the simple act of walking. Freedom of movement is a fundamental human right.