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query_builder January 14, 2020 14:18:14


By Chukwuka Ugokwe :

Awka, Jan. 14, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Transport, Dr Christian Madubuko has commended traffic management agencies for brave and gallant responses toward traffic challenges witnessed across the state during the Yuletide.

He said the success story was in fulfillment of his assurances to Ndi Anambra that he would facilitate the unlocking of traffic gridlocks in trouble zones, identified before commencement of the festive season.

Speaking with newsmen in Awka, the commissioner praised officers of various traffic management agencies, Ohaneze youths and volunteers who assisted in some critical flashpoints, especially in Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka.

``We are happy with traffic wardens, the Police, Officers of ATMA and FRSC posted to all traffic flashpoints in the state. They did very well at their duty posts.

``We have also identified major challenges with a view to finding lasting solutions,’’ he said

Dr Madubuko personally toured some of the gridlock-prone areas and observed improvements in service delivery, saying that it was in line with government’s commitment at easing traffic congestions in the state.

He added that traffic challenges encountered in some areas demand an urgent remodeling for long lasting solution, saying that government had given approval for construction of special barricade at Eke Awka axis.

A motorist, Mr John Anyadiegwu, who spoke with newsmen, commended the state government for confronting the challenge of fixing road infrastructure, which he noted, assisted in great measure in facilitating ease of vehicular movement.

He, however, observed that some of the roundabouts and junctions in the state could no longer meet the demands of the increased vehicular pressures.

To tackle the situation, he appealed to Government to commence further infrastructure improvement and expansion on some of the junctions and roundabouts.

Mr Felix Unekwe, a transporter said he was satisfied with traffic management system in the state provided by wardens.

He, then, called on government to tackle the issue of pedestrian activities and illegal structures that cause operational challenges and delays, especially during festivities. 

Commenting on the issue, Mr Kingsley Adiele, Public Relations Officer, Urban Drivers Welfare Association Anambra State (UDWAAS), said various traffic management personnel deployed to gridlock-prone spots performed well.

He added that his members had never had it so good shuttling from one point to the other, saying that government ensured all round safety with favourable environment for road users.

Mr Adiele observed that installation of traffic lights and directional signs by government on roads helped to reduce traffic congestions and travel time to barest minimum. (MOI)