Few days ago, intrigued, I put up a poll on twitter to actually know why Nigerians don’t like traveling within Nigeria. They instead prefer to remain in their states of birth or prefer to fly outside the country instead.
Here’s the Result
I think it’d be safe to say a lot of Nigerians really want to travel but refrain reluctantly due to the results from the poll above which will be treated below.
Fear Of Road Accidents
Here is an excerpt from a post by Nigerian Pilot
Next to Boko Haram insurgency, road accident is the second highest source of violent death in Nigeria. This is the painful truth. It is because of this ugly situation that Nigeria is ranked second-highest in the rate of road accidents among 193 countries of the world. To make matters worse, the World Health Organization, WHO, adjudge Nigeria the most dangerous country in Africa with 33.7 deaths per 100,000 population every year.
Another report by The National Bureau Of Statics puts the number of accidents on Nigerian roads at 11,363. Needless to say is the fact that Nigeria has one of the worst roads in the world. A total of 30,105 Nigerians got injured in these accidents. This further validates the fears of many Nigerians.
But hey, refusing to travel because of this is like refusing to go to the university due to hight rate of unemployment.
The solution is however simple.
– Fly if you can afford it lesser number of accidents happen within states aside crazy ones like Lagos.
– Take trains or at worse, do luxurious buses as these have been overtime safer than buses or cars. Even when they get involved in accidents, the damage is usually not as detrimental.
– Avoid night travels as much as you can. Save for the northern (and a few of the eastern) region , you’d actually arrive at your choice destination within 10 hours of travel.
Travel is Not expensive!
Yes. you read right. It actually costs less than you think.
On the average, it costs N2,000 to travel by bus from one state to another within south-western Nigeria. N7,000 to any Eastern and Northern state.
It costs on the average, N4,000 to sleep in a decent hotel and N0 if you have a host.
Street food ranges from N20-N100.
Accessing any tourist attraction on the average is N500 anywhere within Nigeria.
Do you Still think You Don’t Have Time To Travel?
Prioritization is what you should work on.
I for one usually execute everything that’d threaten my weekends during weekdays to avail me enough time to either travel to another state or sneak into a restaurant to review it.
Have you read my review on Cafe Neo Yaba?
Being a Nigerian makes it a lot more easy because Nigeria has a public holiday for almost everything.
If your place of work allows her staff go on leave. You are more than blessed.
Following several mails I’ve gotten from both close and distant admirers about the fears of hitting the road, I’ve come to understand that these stances are necessary, but again, they shouldn’t deter us from exploring. Trust me, there’s a lot outside your home, city, state, region, country and continent of origin.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain