Centenary celebration disrupts Abuja traffic

Residents lament the disruption of their movement

Traffic in some parts of Abuja drew to a standstill on Thursday evening as the Nigerian government celebrated the country’s 100th year in existence.

The Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria were amalgamated in 1914 to form one country, then under British rule. Nigeria eventually secured independence from the British in 1960.

The centenary celebration which took place at the Abuja National Stadium caused a build of traffic around the Garki, Jabi/Airport Road axis of the city.

A resident, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES at around 9 p.m., said that his wife who was coming from Garki by 6 p.m., headed to Galadimawa had remained stuck in the traffic in one spot for almost three hours. He lamented that she was with their two-year old who had not eaten since around the time the mother got stuck in traffic.

“This traffic is caused by the fact that the President is at the stadium. Whenever he’s about to pass that stop every movement delaying people,” Azeez, a civil servant, lamented.

Another resident who left Wuse 2 around 6 p.m. headed for Sunny Vale, close to Lokogoma, told PREMIUM TIMES that he had to pull over at Major Oil along Jabi/Airport Road, where he remained stuck till past 9 p.m.

The Centenary Celebration started at about 6 p.m. However, President Goodluck Jonathan arrived the venue around 8 p.m. The event was also attended by several visiting heads of states, government officials, and members of the public. It ended at about 9 p.m. with fireworks display.

Calls to the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, to state the reasons for the poor management of traffic in the Nigerian capital were unsuccessful as he did not pick calls to his phone.

 


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