Road users in Abuja are experiencing frustration in strategic areas of the capital city where faulty traffic lights often times lead to major gridlocks and multiple car accidents. Motorists who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES expressed dissatisfaction with the traffic control situation, which they say was badly affecting their daily activities.
Nonso Ifedili, a commuter, said he had witnessed accidents happen because the traffic lights malfunctioned at busy road points. “Recently, a cab I boarded to Area 3, Garki almost had a head-on collision with another vehicle close to the National Defence College. The traffic lights showed green on all the stands at the same time, resulting in a maddening rush”, he said.
A taxi driver, Mohammed Umaru, who shuttles between Berger and Wuse, said the deteriorating traffic situation is not making transportation business lucrative anymore as so many traffic lights in major areas of the city are no longer in working condition. He said this has led to constant gridlock, especially during evening rush hours with or without the presence of traffic wardens. According to him, motorists feel more obliged to obey traffic lights than the wardens. Read more