A section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
By Obinna Chima
While the Federal Government is doing everything to ensure that the security challenges facing the country is tackled, a cross section of Nigerians have however commended it for improving on some roads.
A survey released by NOI-Gallup Polls Tuesday revealed that about 69 per cent of Nigerians that travelled during the yuletide acknowledged improvement in the condition of some state and federal highways in the country.
According to the findings of the poll made available to THISDAY Tuesday, unlike the preceding year, majority of Nigerians found it easier travelling to different parts of the country during the last Christmas holidays.
Specifically, the survey found that 69 per cent of those interviewed in the scientific poll which covered different parts of the country observed some improvement in the roads.
It explained that the respondents were asked: “Compared to previous years, how would you describe the state of Nigerian roads while travelling for the holiday?”
In response, the vast majority of the respondents (54 per cent) said the state of the roads “has improved a little”, while 18 per cent claimed there is “no difference at all.”
This according to the poll, was followed by 15 per cent who said the roads have “improved very much” and eight per cent said it was “very bad and had gone worse.” However, only six per cent claim that the roads “remain bad.”
It added: “Overall, 69 per cent of respondents were of the opinion that the roads have either improved very much or improved a little, while only 14 per cent thought that the roads have remained bad or gone worse.
“Furthermore, when analysed across geo-political zones, it was revealed that the North-East (67 per cent), followed closely by the North-Central (65 per cent), South-East (53 per cent) and South-South (52 per cent) zones all had high proportion of respondents who thought that the roads had improved a little compared to previous years.”
Respondents to the poll were also asked other questions to ascertain their experience during the Christmas and New Year season. Majority (62 per cent) of respondents said they did not travel. However, almost four in 10 respondents (38 per cent) said they travelled.
The opinion poll, which was conducted on January 8, 2013, involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. The poll also showed that 512 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.