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MENAFN - Arab News - 23/01/2014
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(MENAFN -Arab News) Ochuko Oghuvwu is surprisingly chirpy for a man who spends upwards of 30 hours a week in his car, commuting to and from his office in Nigeria’s financial hub, Lagos


Then again, he has just started the working week after two whole days without having to battle giant pot-holes, monster traffic jams, roadworks, irate drivers and police checkpoints


Oghuvwu’s stockbroking firm in the Ikoyi area of Lagos is only about 32 kms from his home in Ojo, due west toward the border with neighboring Benin


The drive to the office should only take 45 minutes to one hour


But those days are as rare in Lagos as 24 hours of uninterrupted electricity from the national grid. Instead, the trip normally takes him three hours — even longer in the June to September rainy season — despite him being behind the wheel from 5:30 am


“I wake up early to beat the major traffic,” he told AFP


“Those that wake up later end up spending more time. On a day like a Monday, if you leave the house at 6:30 am, you spend more than four hours in the car.&rdquo


Oghuvwu, a marketing executive in his early 40s, is far from a rare breed in Nigeria’s biggest city. Hundreds of thousands of people like him also spend nearly as much time commuting as the statutory working week in countries such as France


He could even be considered a late riser. Others who live nearby set off a full hour earlier to beat the infamous “go-slows,” as local call traffic jams


“We get exhausted. We’re always tired. For somebody in my position, I just lock the door of the office and have a little nap for 20 to 30 minutes,” he said


The time spent crawling bumper to bumper with other cars, motorbikes and battered yellow taxis, packed buses and overloaded trucks has taken its toll on his Volvo S90


The constant stop-start means brake pads need checking every other month and the services of panel beaters to smooth out the inevitable dents and scrapes from the quest to keep moving


But the gruelling commute has also affected his social life and the amount of time he spends with his family


Ughuvwu’s children, aged between six and 14, are usually asleep when he leaves the house and when he returns


“At the weekend I don’t go out,” he added. “I mainly stay at home. I don’t want to face the traffic. It’s ruined my social life.&rdquo


Officially, Lagos is said to be home to some 12 million people


But many estimates put the figure at about 21 million, in a city spread over 910 square kms


New arrivals hunting a slice of Nigeria’s economic growth heap pressure on the already creaking infrastructure. Land shortages and a lack of housing has pushed up real estate and rental prices


Fuel subsidies and cheap, second-hand cars often imported from Europe have put more vehicles on the road


As a result, a long commute is a necessary evil for all but the wealthiest


The managing director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Dayo Mobereola, admits they need to act now to prevent total gridlock.


 


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