Nigerians have earned for themselves an unenviable reputation as a people who are more reactive as opposed to being proactive.
We are also a people with an incredible poor sense of maintenance culture.
Believe it or not, these railway tracks in the photographs are active Nigerian railway tracks in Lagos, Nigeria.
These sections of the railway tracks, due to a disgracefully poor maintenance activities on them, have become dangerously substandard for locomotive movement.
Their current conditions make them prone to disasters such as train derailments.
At several points on these tracks, some of them have become almost buried in the ground, overgrown by weeds, disjointed at certain points, heaped with refuse, etc.
In addition, some points on these tracks are being subjected to other forms of intense pressure such as human and vehicular activities.
One does not have to be a locomotive technocrat to know that the current state of some sections of these railway tracks can lead to operational errors, mechanical failure of tracks or derailments of trains. And of course, all of these are potentially hazardous to human safety.
Perhaps, the authorities are waiting for disasters to strike before these railway tracks are put in proper working states.
See more photos of these tracks below: