18 April 2014

Nigeria: Commuters Face Hardship After Nyanya Bomb Blast

Nyanya commuters task FCT administration on safer and alternative motor parks and more buses.

Some Commuters in Nyanya, Abuja, have called on the Abuja administration to provide safer and alternative motor parks to ease transportation in Abuja.

Some of the commuters, who spoke on Thursday in Abuja, said getting transport to the city centre had become more difficult since the Nyanya motor park bomb explosion.

Georgina Iwuoha, a civil servant, said if there were other parks and vehicles, passengers would not face the difficulty they were now facing.

"Providing safe motor parks will ease transportation; people will not concentrate on only one park; rather they will spread out to use other parks," she said.

Lola Akiditere said the banning of the small buses popularly called "Araba" contributes to the transport challenges being faced by commuters.

"If people did not gather to queue in order to enter high capacity buses that were not enough they would not have died enmasse.

"Since the bomb blast, commuters have been suffering to get transport motor into and out of the area. It is really terrible.

"People wake up as early as 4 a.m. to catch the available vehicles to town," she said.

Solomon Vincent, a public servant, said he now goes to work with private cars owners who charge high transport fare.

Mr. Vincent noted that though the high capacity buses were not available, but passengers have had to make do with some private cars and coaster buses that ply the road.

Another commuter, Gani Sanni, said the Federal Government should try and maintain 24 hours security check at the entrance of the city to avoid further problem.

"Since the bomb explosion, it has not been easy for me as a commuter because I patronise the Nyanya motor park frequently.

"I am always on transit to Minna, Niger state and other northern places for my business but I find it difficult now because I utilise the park always," Mr. Sani said.

The Abuja Minister, Bala Mohammed, had promised to deploy more buses to the Nyanya-Abuja route to address the scarcity of vehicles being experienced by commuters.

He said that at least 100 buses would be imported from China between April and May this year.

"Henceforth, security devices, such as detectors, which will detect explosive devices, will be installed in all our buses.

"We are going to seek advice from the office of the National Security Adviser on how to protect the parks and public places.

"We will sit down together with security agencies and come up with framework on how we can secure our recreation centres including parks," he said.

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