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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:46 PM   #1
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[WAN] Highways & Expressways in Nigeria



Nigeria is the most populous country of Africa. The capital is Abuja, the largest city is Lagos, estimated between 15 and 20 million inhabitants. Nigeria has 155 million inhabitants, expected to grow to 289 million by 2050.

Nigeria has one of the most extensive road networks in Africa, totaling 60,000 kilometers of paved road. It counts about 1,200 kilometers of motorway officially, yet most of these are long-distance 2x2 roads without limited access. Nonetheless, the road network is quite large, connecting all cities by main roads. The quality, however is low due to the lack of investment, although roads seem to be improving from 2005 since the Nigerian road authority started to repave many roads.

Most cars seem to be Peugeots (manufactured locally) and imported cars from Europe.

The country code for vehicle registration plates is "WAN", meaning; West Africa Nigeria. Many western and eastern African countries bear such a country code, although such codes seems to be rarely used on vehicles.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:48 PM   #2
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Pics taken from the Nigerian sub forum

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Abuja

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Third Mainland Bridge, 12 km long.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 07:46 PM   #3
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A large map I stitched together from Google Maps:

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Old February 9th, 2010, 10:48 PM   #4
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Story about the Lagos - Ibadan Expressway:

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It was a great dream that turned into a nightmare. But with recent events, Nigerians are becoming hopeful that motorists and other users of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will once again enjoy blissful times on the much battered highway.
In August 1978, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was officially opened to traffic as a toll road.

The late Chief of Army Staff, Supreme Headquarters, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, inaugurated the highway on behalf of General Olusegun Obasanjo, who was then the Military Head of State.
The 110-kilometre highway, constructed between 1974 and 1978, was smooth. It would take just about one hour to drive from Ibadan to Lagos.

Nigerians were extremely happy that the critical road which links Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of the country to the East, South, West and the North would ease transportation bottlenecks. Lagos was then Nigeria’s federal capital.

The dual carriageway immediately became a beehive of activities for light and heavy capacity vehicles. Goods were transported from the seaports in Lagos to other parts of the country just as other items, consumables and otherwise, were moved to and from the then federal capital to other parts of the country and beyond.

Before long, age began to take tolls on the road. With thousands of vehicles plying the the expressway on daily basis, and with government doing little in terms of its maintenance, craters, gullies and potholes began dotting the expressway. Over the years, the state of the road deteriorated and it became a death trap.
Trailers, fuel tankers and other heavy trucks began to park indiscriminately along the road. Areas that are very notorious for the reckless activities of truck drivers are: Ogere, Ibafo, Mowe and Ibadan Toll Gate, among others.

On many occasions, there have been auto crashes that cut short lives of thousands of Nigerians, while varying degrees of injury have been inflicted on road users. And, as a result of the deplorable condition of the road, armed robbers have, for years, prowled the highway, dispossessing travellers of their belongings and bringing tears and trauma to the eyes and souls of Nigerians.

Over the years, there have been several calls from various quarters that the Lagos-Ibadan expressway should be rehabilitated but the Federal Government had deaf ears to such calls. For about three decades, the road was neglected without maintenance, a virtue which many people observed is lacking in the Nigerian government.

On a normal day, the journey from Ibadan to Lagos should take about one hour and five minutes. However, the activities of the truck drivers and some religious organisations have turned such trips into a nightmare. There are occasions when people have to spend up to six hours journeying between Lagos and Ibadan.
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Very South-African signs in the last two pictures with British give way signs
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New roads in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

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4. eastern Abuja


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6. northwest Abuja


7. northern beltway


8. northern Abuja
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Old September 9th, 2011, 02:38 PM   #7
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Very South-African signs in the last two pictures with British give way signs
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That green sign facing the camera looks practically identical to SA signs, with the road name on the white strip at the top and then the green background below with the directions, it even looks like the same yellow toll symbol too. Perhaps they are imported from SA?
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How many km of expressways are in Nigeria?
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 04:06 PM   #10
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I don't know the exact figure, but it's quite a lot. There is a lot around the Lagos area, as you'd expect, and the E1 expressway which runs parallel to the A1 runs quite far to the north, up to Ilorin I think.

A lot of the A2 is up to a similar standard, from Kano south, past Kaduna and to Abuja, where there's a whole load of different projects going on at the moment.

In terms of comparison to other African nations, Nigeria is certainly up there in terms of the greatest amount of expressway-standard roads.
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A cable-stayed bridge opened to traffic in Lagos today. It is 1358 meters long with 2x2 lanes. There is a toll plaza, but apparently there is disagreement about whether to toll the new bridge. It is erroneously reported in the Nigerian media as a suspension bridge, but it is clearly a cable-stayed bridge. The pylon is 87 meters tall.

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Yes, a great new bit of infrastructure for Lagos. That's only the third bridge off Lagos Island to the south mainland, so it's going to be very useful and relieve the current two a little bit.

So in total six bridges now from Lagos Island. It's good to see the Nigerians are still able to focus on Lagos despite pouring so much into Abuja.
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Ill post up some Highways In the FCT

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LAGOS Highways

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Ikeja...which is essentially lagos but not really since its the state capital..its weird

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LAGOS

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lets move to the rest of the country shall we...

Oshogbo/ Osun State
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A5 HIGHWAY FROM BENIN TO LAGOS (PICTURE TAKEN NEAR BENIN
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Panyam to SHendam Highway, Jos/Plateu state

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