Agony of commuters on Mararaba-Nyanya road

Narrowness of the Mararaba-Nyanya road, which leads to and fro Abuja, makes

it a death trap, Okechukwu Nnodim reports

About a fortnight ago, a heavy duty truck crushed no fewer than seven cars

that were trapped in traffic on the Ado end of the ever busy Mararaba-

Nyanya road. The road is characterised by severe vehicular gridlock on a

daily basis.

Since then, different accounts have been given as to what led to the

accident which claimed no fewer than seven lives on the afternoon of

Saturday, January 31, 2015. While some witnesses said the brakes of the

truck failed while it was descending the steep highway, others blamed it on

the driver, alleging that he was over-speeding.

However, many others blamed the government. But why should most witnesses

heap the blame on the government?

Tobechukwu Stanley said, “The government has failed us. These cars were

crushed and passengers in them killed because of the government’s

negligence to expand this road to ease vehicular movement on it.

“This road is one strategic route into and out of Abuja and despite the

fact that it is narrow, the number of vehicles that ply it on a daily basis

is enormous. That is why we always encounter hold-up on it. We have read

about promises by the government to expand the lanes, but nothing has

happened. Can you imagine the agony which this accident has brought on

families of victims in these crushed cars?”

Stanley, whose shop is close to the scene of the accident, lamented that

the gridlock on the road was “highly counter-productive” to both private

businesses and workers who ply the route to the Federal Capital Territory


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on Feb 19, 2015

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