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Published On: Thu, Jan 15th, 2015

Transportation : Residents bemoan traffic congestion on Abuja roads

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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

A cross section of residents in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT ), have bemoaned the perennial traffic congestion within the metropolis, causing a lot of difficulties to the comminuting public.

Some of the residents who spoke to Peoples Daily, in separate interviews said they were concerned over the inability of the relevant authorities to resolve the lingering problem, which they attributed to influx of vehicles into the city.

They observed that most of the existing road infrastructures have become over stretched by the influx of vehicles into the metropolis, thereby leading to traffic jam on many roads in the Territory, especially the city centre.A resident at Wuse, Felix George, who described the situation as a very frustrating, as everyday people are forced to spend a lot of man hours in the traffic jam, especially during morning and evening peak periods, said something needed to be done to reverse the unfortunate trend.

“I wonder why that every blessed day there must be intra city traffic jam, and because of the situation, to go my office, which ordinarily would take 20 minutes, but before I could reach my office, it has to take me almost an hour.

“Government seriously needs to do something about this traffic holdup, as if care is not taken Abuja will very soon turn to the old Lagos, where people usually spend much hours on the road, hence there should be more control of the traffic, because it is frustrating”, he stressed.

Another resident, who simply identified herself as Mrs. Nweke, specifically expressed her deep concerns over the heavy traffic around Banex junction to Wuse market.

“Why motorists and other commuters should be subjected to spend in hours held up in the traffic gridlock, and most often than not, one even gets tired of holding car break “.

“In this Wuse, even traffic wardens cannot control the traffic flow, because vehicles are too much, so the increased of cars on the roads will always cause gridlock and delay commuters from reaching their destinations on time.

“But, although there are more cars on the road are so much, and some impatient cab drivers contribute to our frustrations while moving around the city,” she pointed out.

“You can imagine leaving your house as early as 4.am to beat traffic jam, after passing through the horrific perennial traffic gridlock on Abuja/Keffi expressway for hours; I still get to Area 1, to waste another hour, before getting to my office.

“There are so many cars and people within the city centre, and at times vehicles do not easily move around, and most motorists are in always in hurry to reach their destinations, as a result, residents and others that live in and around the FCT suburbs have to spend hours on traffic, says Mr. Tatari Shekwoyadu, who reside at New Karu.

Not left out, one Owen Bassey notes that: “One of the major problems that causes gridlock in the city, was that people always move into to Abuja, in search of daily bread, so it means that there will be some issues of holdups around major areas in the federal capital city.

“For instance around Central Area, where the rail tracks are been laid, and around Apo Mechanic road, there are always heavy traffic, because the roads are either too busy or narrow; but the police traffic wardens and FCT Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) personnel can help in controlling the traffic.”

However, another resident, at Gwarinpa estate, Mallam Wahab Muhammad, observes that “at times VIO personnel also contribute to the lingering gridlock in the city, by laying ambush on motorists.

“When vehicles owners noticed that the VIO officials are on the roads, trying to ambush them, they promptly they just turn their vehicles in the middle of road, thereby causing obstruction to the traffic flow, as most often a lot accidents occur in the process, and when such incident happened, getting oneself out of such traffic becomes a problem.”

He adds: “there are so many vehicles in the metropolis, which is why we are stretching many existing roads, if the traffic situation is not addressed immediately it will soon get out of hand.”

 

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