|Construction sign by the German engineering company, Julius Berger|
|The Iganmu train station under construction by a Chinese engineering company|
Today, as I was passing through Orile-Mile 2 road in a taxi, the driver said to me in pidgeon English:
"if I had a voice, if people were to listen to me, I would tell the people of Lagos to allow Governor Fashola to stay in office until he is tired. Then we could see if we can find someone who will be like him. But they say, because of democracy he cannot run again after second term." We were passing through the multi-billion dollar road and light rail project that would drastically enhance intra-city mass transit as well as transportation between Lagos and the West African region. The car was airconditioned, but I had to wind down the glass to soak in the orchestra of machinery, and the cacophony of children playing on mountains of construction sand. I wanted to breath in the dust, knowing that, perhaps, when next I pass this road all the thrilling chaos will be replaced by the kind of transportation infrastructure I could not dream of just a few years ago for this sprawling, formidable city. The taxi driver, I thought to myself, was a wise man.