Paschal Emeka, Abuja
Residents of Mararaba, Karu Local Government Area have cried out over the inability of the government to replace the iron barricades near Mararaba pedestrian bridge, along Abuja/ Keffi road pulled down last month by the supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC ) while celebrating the victory of the President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari at the polls.
The residents who spoke to The Union expressed fear that the absence of the barricades may cause vehicles collision along the ever busy road.
“The first thing I noticed is that people have stopped using the pedestrian bridge because there are no barricades. They prefer crossing the road on foot despite the risk involved,” Godwin Ajulo said.
Another resident Benjamin Odu said that during the traffic gridlock in the morning and evening rush hours, some impatient drivers cross to the other side of the road where the traffic is lesser.
“I don’t know why government did not want to replace the barricades because some drivers and Okada riders drive one way when there is hold up, cross to the other side before you know it they will block the road,” he said.
An official of Karu Local Government who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the road is a federal government road adding that the council has no jurisdiction over the road.
He however cautioned residents of Mararaba to obey traffic laws and make use of the pedestrian bridge so as not to endanger their lives.