Nigeria switched its traffic over the Easter Week-end to driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of the left.
Nigeria switched its traffic over the Easter Week-end to driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of the left. The change took place at dawn on Sunday, and officials said they were pleased with the way things had gone on the first day. No increase in accidents had been reported.
The Government has been preparing for the change for many weeks. A new edition of the Highway code has been published. Television programmes have been explaining the new driving conditions to motorists. Hundreds of specially trained traffic wardens have been helping the police in Lagos; so have members of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force. A 20-mile (32 km) an hour speed limit will be in force throughout the country for the next four weeks.
In making the change, Nigeria will be falling into line with its French-speaking neighbours, Niger, Dahomey, Chad and Cameroun, which should and the confusion at the frontiers. Ghana is now the main West African country still driving on the left.
SYNOPSIS: Lagos last Sunday morning: with every effort being made to see that motorists remembered that the day had come to start driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of the left.
As it was the Easter holiday weekend, the streets of the Nigerian capital were rather less busy than on a working day. Government officials were pleased with the way the change want off. No increase in accidents was reported.
Converting the buses for passengers to board on the other side was just one of the problems to be faced. Nigeria has been preparing for the change for many weeks, with special exhibitions, television programmes and a new Highway Code. Servicemen and specially trained traffic wardens helped the police to direct traffic. A 20-mile (32 kilometre) an hour speed limit has been imposed for four weeks.
The change leaves Ghana as the main west African country driving on the left.