CITY NEWS Abuja blasts: Kuje res­i­dents de­cry traf­fic grid­lock

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Zeenat Ab­du­lazeez

Many things have changed in the lives of Kuje res­i­dents since last week­end’s bomb ex­plo­sions that rocked Kuje and Nyanya in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), and one of such is the num­ber of hours they spend at a check­point while get­ting to town.

Our re­porter ob­served that the traf­fic, which used to last about 15 min­utes be­fore the Fri­day in­ci­dent, now takes about 45 min­utes to 1 hour. It usu­ally be­gins around the NNPC fill­ing sta­tion down to the Army check­point for proper check­ing when leav­ing or com­ing into Kuje.

Res­i­dents who work in the city cen­tre com­plained of the amount of time they waste when go­ing to work and com­ing back home.

A res­i­dent, Ibrahim Luk­man, whose of­fice is at the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict told City News yesterday that although there used to be traf­fic be­fore the Fri­day in­ci­dent, the traf­fic is now un­bear­able.

“I got to Kuje Junction at 7:00 pm and I fi­nally got home few min­utes to 9:00pm. Be­fore, if I get here around 7:00 I used to get home around 7:30 8:00pm,” he added.

Another res­i­dent, who did not give her name, said she has be­come a per­pet­ual late comer in her work place since the sad in­ci­dent.

“Apart from the fact that trans­porta­tion has been scarce, the traf­fic has builtup and it de­lays me from get­ting to work early. I used to get to work latest 8:00am be­fore, but now, I get to work around 10:00am,” she com­plained.

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