Traf­fic jam wors­ens at Abuja mil­i­tary check­point

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Abubakar Yakubu

Traf­fic snarl along the Kug­boNyanya-Mararaba ex­press­way leading into Abuja city cen­tre has wors­ened due to a mil­i­tary check­point that was mounted af­ter last week’s deadly blast at Nyanya.

People re­sid­ing in Nyanya, Karu, Jik­woyi, Mararaba and Masaka said they spent the Easter cel­e­bra­tions within their ar­eas in or­der not to be caught-up in the traf­fic jam.

A res­i­dent of Karu, Mr Ikechukwu Kanayo, said his son com­plained of se­vere stom­achache on Satur­day night and he tried to take him to the Na­tional Hospi­tal the next morn­ing but spent about an hour at Karu round­about be­cause of the traf­fic grid­lock caused by the check­point.

He said he had to turn back and take his child to a pri­vate hospi­tal for treat­ment.

Fri­day Solomo, a Nyanya res­i­dent, said he nor­mally takes his fam­ily to the amuse­ment park in Abuja city dur­ing fes­tive pe­ri­ods but had to can­cel his plan this year due to the traf­fic jam.

Simeon Kola, a mo­torist, said when the check­point was first mounted at Nyanya the next day af­ter the blast, the traf­fic jam ex­tended for sev­eral kilo­me­tres up to Masaka in Nasarawa State, which made many people to shun work on that day.

He said the sit­u­a­tion got a bit bet­ter when the check­point was shifted to Kugbo, as the traf­fic jam now ex­tends to Nyanya Bridge and Karu site.

Other mo­torists spo­ken to com­plained that the traf­fic jam will not give room for emer­gency cases, es­pe­cially when it con­cerns life, as the three-lane Nyanya to AYA ex­press­way is be­ing re­duced to one lane when mo­torists are ap­proach­ing the check­point.

A com­muter sug­gested for the use of bomb de­tect­ing de­vices on such roads in­stead of check­points, adding that such traf­fic jams could be used as tar­gets by ter­ror­ists.

She said the grid­lock will worsen on work­ing days as a re­sult of the heavy traf­fic ex­pe­ri­enced from that axis.

PHOTO Abubakar Yakubu

Com­muters from Nyanya and Karu axis trekking dur­ing a traf­fic jam caused by a mil­i­tary check­point along Nyanya- AYA ex­press­way at Kugbo, Abuja yes­ter­day.

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