Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 January 2013

Nigeria: Road Repairs Cause Traffic Jam in Abuja

Motorists and commuters in Abuja over the weekend had a hectic time on some major roads in Abuja as they spent several hours in traffic jams due to on-going construction works within the capital city.

Some residents were seen abandoning commercial vehicles and trekking long distances.

Our reporter who went round Wuse district observed that Michael Okpara Way and the Sultan Bello Way were partly blocked, forcing motorists to take other routes or squeeze within a lane.

Some residents who spoke on the development said the high volume of vehicles entering the capital city will cause untold hardship.

They said the blocked roads and relocated bus stops all coming at a particular moment amounts to improper planning by the roads' managers.

Uche Ugboaja, a civil servant, wondered why the FCT authorities would embark on the repairs of two major roads simultaneously considering how busy and strategically located they are within the city centre.

"Nobody is against development but they should always apply wisdom in their decision so as not to inflict unnecessary hardship on the masses," he said.

Another resident, Aisha, a pregnant woman, complained of the distance she covers daily to get to her shop.

They appealed to the authorities to always consider the plight of the masses in their policies and called for the speedy completion of the road repairs to reduce the traffic jam experienced by motorists.

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