Fuel scarcity, heavy rainfall worsens Lagos gridlock

Lagos flood fuel

On Tuesday, residents of Lagos and Ogun had to endure terrible traffic jams caused by both heavy rain and shortages in fuel, consequently creating long lines of cars waiting fuel stations.

Many commuters had difficulty getting to their offices and business places, as transporters hiked fares between 50-100 per cent.

The situation was further worsened by the heavy downpours in different parts of Lagos and Ogun States, which resulted in flooding in some areas.

Many commuters, who spoke to our correspondent, expressed their grievances about the situation.

They highlighted the adverse impact of the heavy and subsequent flooding, which made commuting challenging.

Sodiq Adeola, a motorist, who operates around Berger in Lagos, stated that the heavy rainfall and fuel scarcity contributed to the sudden increase in transport fares.

He said, “When it rains, the long bridge linking Lagos and Ogun States is usually flooded. It becomes difficult for motorists to pass. Remember that the bridge is bad in some areas, so the flood makes it difficult to avoid the potholes. The increase in the costs of vehicle maintenance and hike fuel prices compelled motorists to also increase transport fares.”

A commuter, Evelyn Nnani, urged the government of Lagos and Ogun States to take urgent steps to address the fuel scarcity.

“Authorities in both states should do something to address the fuel scarcity and its impact on transport fares to ensure that commuters are not subjected to exorbitant charges.

“Efforts should be intensified to manage and mitigate the effects of heavy rainfall and flooding through improved infrastructure and drainage systems,” she noted.

Another commuter, who did not want his name in print, said, “Yearly, residents grapple with the difficulties brought about by the combination of heavy rainfall and fuel scarcity. Their resilience and patience are being tested. It remains to be seen how swiftly and effectively the relevant authorities will respond to alleviate the plight of the affected populace and restore a seamless transportation system in Lagos and Ogun States.”