One of our last visits was to the Lagos State Drivers Institute. This is where commercial drivers get their licenses. This group goes beyond truck and bus drivers. In Lagos, many “business” people have their own drivers for several reasons: Parking is nearly impossible in the central business district, and with hours of commuting time, this allows people to make calls, do work, or handle personal matters while on the road. It was interesting for us to understand the local laws and guidelines that all of these drivers need to abide by.
Here are a few photos from the institute. They have a great simulator for drivers to use in many different scenarios: Rain, fog, traffic, highway and other conditions:
To enforce the use of seat belts, they have each driver sit on this accident/impact simulator. It simulates an impact at 40mph so people can understand just how dangerous it is to travel at that rate of speed with no seat belt:
Then just a few random photos from the past few days. We visited an orphanage for teenage girls and gave them some IBM MobileFirst shirts:
It’s rainy season in Nigeria which means that it rains (quite heavily) just about every day. It will go from sunny skies to dark clouds and pounding rain in a matter of minutes:
Here’s a view from the highway. What you’re looking at is actually a mass of rooftops over a market area:
This is a long line at one of the local bus stops. It’s one of the reasons we’re suggesting more buses, and better scheduling and route planning:
Lastly, here is a photo of a sea of “danfos” which are the unlicensed mini-buses which account for the majority of vehicles on the local roads in Lagos: