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Gridlock: Commuters plan protest on Abuja-Keffi expressway

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Commuters under the auspices of Road Users Development Network of Nigeria, RUDNN, have threatened to stage a protest over neglect of dilapidated portions of Abuja-Keffi expressway, which cause daily gridlock.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of RUDNN, Chimezie Obi, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, urged contractors handling the ongoing construction on the road to repair the potholes.

He enjoined the contractors handling the ongoing expansion of the road to immediately rise up and maintain the bad portions within the next 14 days.

“Otherwise we may be left with no option than to mobilise other users of the road to protest their hardship to President Muhammadu Buhari.”

He decried the unnecessary slow pace of expansion work, which had impacted negatively on the lives and businesses of users of the road.

“We observed that while the road expansion work is taking long  to construct, the heavy vehicular movement and climate effects are also causing potholes on portions of the road.

“Specifically from Mogadishu Barracks down to the boundary of FCT and Nasarawa State, leading to slowdown of movement by vehicles, l causing long stretch of gridlock on the road.

” The need to draw the attention of the Federal Government once again to the plight of citizens plying the Abuja-Keffi road has once again become imperative and urgent.”

He said that on a daily basis, commuters along the road suffer untold hardship during the peak hours of the morning and the evening.

Obi advised the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Works to take the ongoing road expansion work seriously.

He also called on the ministry that awarded the contract to be more proactive and take decisive actions in the interest of citizens subjected to untold hardship daily on that road.

‘We also call the Federal Ministry of Works to call the contractor to order to sit up and immediately repair the bad portions of Abuja-Keffi road to ease the sufferings of citizens living in that axis.

“May we not witness a day when citizens living in that axis will rise up collectively to protest their untold hardship of living and plying in that road as if they are second class citizens.”


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