Commercial drivers in Abuja on have expressed concern over the loss they incur in traffic hold up occasioned by the ongoing road constructions in the city.
Some of them told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they had the worst experience when people were travelling to various parts of the country to celebrate the Christmas.
Our correspondent, who went round some motor parks in Abuja reports that most of the drivers complained of the traffic congestion on the Airport road, Karu and Kubwa Expressways where construction works are going on.
A commercial driver in Jabi Motor Park, Mr. Joshua Ayoko, said the major problem facing drivers was the time they waste in traffic jam while trying to move out of Abuja.
He said that as a result some of their vehicles develop overheating, resulting in further delays and additional expenses on maintenance and servicing.
“You know, the major roads are under construction, especially the Airport Road, the Abuja-Lokoja Road, and the Madalla-Giri Road leading to Gwagwalada and not all of them are open for vehicles to pass, and this result in traffic congestion,” Ayoko said.
He said that while only few people were returning to Abuja from Christmas celebration, many people were travelling home for the New Year.
Another driver, Mr. Moses Avule, noted that in spite of the traffic logjam experienced by drivers, the transport fares had remained stable.
“We also have to contend with the hold up in Okene, where some of us spent between two to three hours before we could cross over.”
Moses called on the relevant agencies to urge the contractors handling the various road projects to speed up work on them.
The Station Manager of E. Ekesons and Brothers Motors Ltd., Mr. Emeka Obi, also appealed to the contractors handling the road projects to speed up work on them.