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Commuters complain of heavy traffic after Nyanya explosion

Commuters complain of heavy traffic after Nyanya explosion

Residents of Nyanya, a suburb of Nigeria's capital Abuja, call on the local administration to take adequate measures to ease transportation and provide alternative, safe motor parks.

Commuters complain of heavy traffic after Nyanya explosion

It would be recalled that on Monday, April, 14, 2014, a bomb exploded at a crowded Nyanya Mass Transit Bus Park, Abuja, leaving at least 75 persons dead and hundreds injured.

Commuters in the area say that it has become rather difficult to get transport to the city center.

Some commuters say more motor parks should be provided, so that people wouldn't be concentrated in one place.

Others note that the ban on small buses known as Araba could have contributed to the loss of many lives: on Monday, people died en mass when trying to get into high-capacity commercial buses.

Local residents say they now have to wake up at 4 a.m. go catch available vehicles to town. Private cars owners have started to impose transport fares for giving a lift.

People urge the authorities to ensure 24-hour security posts at the entrance to the city.

The FCT Minister Bala Mohammed promises to deploy at least 100 buses imported from China to the Nyanya-Abuja route. The buses, he said, would be equipped with various security devices, such as detectors.

Also, Mohammed has constituted a committee responsible for reconstructing, upgrading, or relocating the Nyanya park in a bid to enhance security and free flow of traffic. The reconstructed park would have necessary security features, the Minister assured. He appealed for the understanding of commuters and motorists using the Mararaba–Nyanya–AYA road, as the Nyanya Park is being upgraded.

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