Must Lagosians be forced to do the right thing?

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Dos Lagos Corona Pedestrian Bridge. 2011. Photo/darkroomgallery.com

There are many things that people get accustomed to easily but this is not always the case for Nigerians.

Pedestrian bridges have been constructed in Lagos for the safety of patrons going to and from work or their otherwise desired locations. But the pedestrian bridges, with more being constructed, have been abandoned by people who prefer to cross the main road at their own peril. Many bright dreams and futures have been cut short by drunk drivers and poorly illuminated vehicles, largely before the revamp of the street lights in Lagos.

These pedestrian bridges have been turned into “shopping malls” by hawkers who showcase their wares for patronage while another set of occupants of these bridges are beggars.

The Ministry of Transportation in Lagos has put in a concerted effort at ensuring that things are done correctly by road users, as such, barricades have been put on all the roads to discourage people from crossing at places where pedestrian bridges are not located.

All government apparatus was put into motion to forcefully correct the attitude of people who are accustomed to crossing the ever busy Ikorodu road for example. People are being more forcibly required to use the bridge for their own safety, although the bridge does become congested at high traffic hours as pedestrians have to take turns making their passage.

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People must know that they need not be forced to do the right thing. The government is doing its best at ensuring that Lagos become a mega city with diverse infrastructural development for everybody including the disabled. It is our collective responsibility to use these facilities well and to our advantage.