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Traffic challenges, crime main concerns for Lagosians

28 October 2015, 13:13

Lagos - Severe traffic gridlocks and heightened crime have become the major sources of concern to residents of Lagos, since Governor Akinwunmi Ambode assumed office in May.

This is part of findings of a survey, suggesting these were the two major problems, followed by poor power supply, heightened insecurity, with an upsurge in the activities of armed robbers, area boys, touts, pick-pockets and petty criminals.

Consequently, some Lagosians who participated in the poll identified the following areas for the Governor to focus his attention over the next six
months: improving road networks (36 percent), creating job opportunities (12 percent), improving power supply (12 percent), improving traffic control and management (10 percent), and improving state security (8 percent) among others.

NOIPOlls conducted the survey.

Also read: Ambode meets civil servants, seeks support

Lagos endures all the turbulence of a 21st century metropolitan city ranging from alarming bank robbery incidents, recent collapse of residential buildings, traffic holdups, petrol tanker fire explosions, increase of robbery instances in traffic congestion as well as reports of the creeping return of area boys and other sundry hoodlums to Oshodi and other parts of the state.

Because its major sea ports, plays host to numerous industries and financial institutions, it is currently the economic stronghold of Nigeria.

The population of Lagos state is about 21.9 million.

The latest opinion poll was conducted in week of October 19.

It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. Some 1 500 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country were interviewed.

“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 2.5 percent,” NOIPOlls stated.

- CAJ News


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