September is here When it seems as if there is nothing else to complain about in Lagos, the list magically elongates to include a new topic backed by solid arguments.
In case you’re just realising it, Lagos State is a special type of tiring.
When we rounded up the month of August, it seemed as if we had struck a delicate balance between all the previous madness and some gentle progress. It seemed as if we were going to glide through September to December. But that one is story for the gods…
In fact, It’s like September has come with its own share of madness. Any expectation that September will be calmer than August is fast becoming a dream.
First of all, the rains are back in earnest. Not that we have any control over it (my apologies to rainmakers of the South). But rainfall still remains a source of irritation because of all the problems that come with it.
Number one problem is the traffic jam.
August seduced us with sparsely distributed rainfall. So, we thought we were past all the rain-associated wahala. But as a farmer that I’m not, imagine my surprise when the rain started again with annoyance in September.
I might not have been the only surprised person too. I think the Lagos State Government is also surprised. It is becoming obvious that they didn’t think about rain when they started all that construction work around Lagos, especially on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
The traffic spilling over from that route alone is enough to make you wish somebody would send a helicopter for you too (social media be damned).
On the bright side, the Netherlands has offered to provide solutions to the traffic problem. That’s if we are willing to cooperate with them.
It seems like a fat chance. But I am interested in seeing what comes out of that offer. This is considering the fact that Amsterdam shares some similarities with Lagos State.
Second, this is the month where NURTW members (also known as agberos) have decided to fight for clout and office. This never ends well.
Totally unrelated but somebody told me stories of accidents involving bike men. They both died on the spot. Another report I read was of a Lebanese who had been killed and dumped in a septic tank.
Then there is that young man who was shot dead during the misguided anti-xenophobic raid at Jakande. And more recently, two students of Kankon Secondary School, Badagry. Plus one other person who was shot at by Customs Officers.
My point? These random instances of people getting killed or injured is a bit too close to home. So, can we agree that if the agberos don’t resolve their conflict over leadership that they have going on, Lagos will even more so not be a “safe place” for any of us?
Lastly, it is important to stay safe. I don’t know what’s in the air this September. But we need to stay alert and do the right thing for ourselves and Lagos State.
Maybe one day, we will have less to complain about.
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