Motorists using busy entry routes into Abuja city centre have been advised to reschedule their programmes, as a possible solution to the increase in traffic gridlock in the city.
According to Director General of the FCT, Directorate of Road Traffic Services ( DRTS) otherwise known as Vehicles Inspection Office (VIO), Garba Danjuma, part of the factors causing the traffic on the routes was the high number of vehicles hitting the roads at the same time.
Danjuma, in a chat with newsmen in Abuja stressed that the increase in the traffic on Abuja roads was as result of people trying to move at a particular time of the day, possibly with no respect to lay down traffic rules, thus resulting in compounding the easy flow of vehicles on the road.
He equally expressed worry over the high record of road crashes in FCT, especially at the various traffic lights junctions especially whenever the lights are not functioning properly, attributing it to lack of patience from the motorists.
“If only motorists can exercise little at both the entry routes into the city center and other busy junctions/streets, the current traffic jam been witness in FCT will reduce significantly.
“Always assume the right frame of mind and maintain orderliness while driving for your safety and that of other road users.
“Sometimes when you see traffic gridlocks and road crashes in the city centre, one is forced to ask questions on how many people tend to use their actions to discredit the effort of the government in providing the necessary road infrastructure that will accommodate the regular increase in vehicular movement and influx of people into FCT,” the VIO boss stressed.
He noted that the FCT Administration has never relent in doing all required to make movement easy for the people of the FCT, thus appealing to road users to always that their vehicles are in good condition before embarking on movement in the city to avoid any possible breakdown of the vehicle on the road.
“If you talk of any best road network in Nigeria, there is no doubt that FCT is a case study for other states to emulate.
“But it baffles me to see high record of road crashes which is simply as a result of impatience on the side of the drivers, because everybody wants to get to his or her place at the same time,” he noted.
While revealing the Directorate’s plans for 2015, the Danjuma said that the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, has reassured them of his readiness to support the service in all ramifications so that they can continue to tackle the cases of reckless driving as well as enforcing the traffic laws in FCT.