Pregnant Women, Travellers Trapped and Stranded Over Bridge Repair Near Abuja

Residents, motorists, commuters and travellers on the popular Nyanya-Keffi expressway experienced hardship as a result of the ongoing repair work on the Ado bridge in Nasarawa State.

One lane of the road linking Ado, Masaka, New Karu, New Nyanya, Auta Balefi, Kuchikawu and Keffi towns, all in Nasarawa, has been barricaded following the repair.

Though a visit to the bridge on Tuesday morning revealed that the lane was opened for vehicular movement, residents told Daily Trust that the repair started on Sunday leading to gridlock with hundreds of travellers stranded.

According to reports the area reported that there was a traffic diversion after the popular Mararaba town, and precisely around a U-turn by the Abacha Bus Terminal close to AA Rano Filling Station.

The diversion was aimed at stopping motorists from plying the lane where the bridge repair work is ongoing.

Some petty traders from Ado, New Karu, New Nayanya, Auta Balefi, Kuchikawu and Masaka who spoke with our reporter said that the development was a threat to their economic fortunes.

One of them who simply gave his name as Francis, a tailor, said, “I can’t bear it any more. I won’t go to work tomorrow; I can’t kill myself. How can a road be this locked up?”

Similarly, a “chin-chin” seller who gave her name as Mama blessing, told Daily Trust that the situation was affecting her business, adding that if she doesn’t sell, her children would die of hungry.

Mama blessing who spoke in pidgin English said, “E no dey easy; we just the suffer. My brother, if I no go, my children no go survive.”

It was repored that the expressway is the only known route connecting Abuja and Nasarawa State.

Pregnant women, nursing mothers walk long distances

Sequel to the gridlock that occured for several hours and later resulted in total lockdown on Sunday and Monday night, stranded passengers were seeing walking long distances.

Our reporter who went to the scene to observe things first hand, reports that pregnant women, nursing mothers, old men and women, the sick and children were all trecking due to road blockade.

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