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201505_Water transport in Lagos
• The cost of water transportation comparative to road is exorbitant
• Nearly all jetties in Lagos experience trafc drops on weekends except for the Ijegun Egba jetty which enjoys more patronage on weekends than any other day.
• CMS is the busiest jetty in Lagos during the week with wait times of up to 45 minutes
• Safety is a major commuter concern
• Festac jetty is non-existent
• Seaweed is an ongoing concern
• Competition in Ikorodu
The terrible traffic situation in Lagos is not news to its dwellers and citizens whom have over time expressed regret and disappointment over the deplorable situation of the waterways in the state and how it’s been excessively not used to its full potential.
Lagos is the centre of one of the largest urban areas in the world. With a population of perhaps 1.4 million as recently as 1970, its growth has been stupendous.
According to Google Nigeria, Lagos's population stood at exactly 5.195 million in 1991.
Within 15 years of gradual development in the state, Lagos population tripled to a surprising 18 million in 2006. This was disclosed by the former Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, who said even though the state had yet to conduct
another census, it established that the population was 18 million in 2006.
By March 2007, The New York Times reported that Lagos has surpassed Cairo in size, making it the largest city in Africa.. As of today, on the list of cities proper by population, Lagos is the sixth largest city in the world, and larger in land area only than Mumbai.
From a forecast report released by the United Nations, 54% of the world's population lives in cities and the numbers are expected to surpass 66% by 2050.
The report also notes that India, China and Nigeria (with Lagos accounting for major proportion) will account for 37% of the world's urban population.
The UN report predicts that by 2050 India will top the chart with 404 million urban inhabitants while China will come second with 292 million city populations and Nigeria will be the third with 212 million urban dwellers which Lagos is expected to account for almost 45 percent.