Today, I thought about design and how we inherently design for difficulty in most Nigerian projects.

Train rides from Abuja to Kaduna are largely okay, but the staircases you have to overcome at the train stations are a needless difficulty, especially if you have luggage.

This creates room for “porters” who are supposed to help with your luggage. An ultimate breeding ground for future crime. The porters know the in and out of the train station, and the schedule of frequent users.

In my last trip, I discussed this with one of the train station supervisors. He understood my concern, but he was just as helpless to the design.

I am thankful for spaces in which design is intentional, and not a poor copy.

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