Nigeria’s costly rural road deficit keeps millions stuck
Nigeria's rural road deficit. Source: Stears Business

Last year, I experienced “advanced development” for the first time.

The polished floors, fancy train stations and major highways from Gatwick to Oxford (UK) were a different experience. But, what resonates till date was how easy my daily commute to school was.

I lived around Dean Court—a small community—five kilometres away from Oxford University, and most days, a bicycle took me to and fro on well-paved roads. 

On too many occasions during these daily trips, I would have flashbacks of my journey between Lakowe in Ibeju-Lekki to Adeba—the next community, that is just 1.5 kilometres away.

Driving down to Adeba during the rainy season could end with you stuck in waist-high flood, right in the middle of the roads, none of which are paved, and many without drainage. 

When such floods happen, thousands of children and adults are usually unable to go to school or work. Sadly, a larger amount

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Adesola Afolabi

Adesola Afolabi

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