By Monday Ogar
Motorist in Calabar, the Cross River State capital have complained over what they described as Governor Ayade’s blind eye to the increasing traffic menace in Calabar, especially at the Total Roundabout.
The traffic congestion which is as a result of the dysfunctional traffic lights has made life hard for motorist and commuters who ply the road especially during “rush hours”.
A commercial bus driver who simply identified himself as Edidiong wondered why it will take the government more than a month to fix something as little as traffic light.
“This administration has promised so many things, most of which are very cost effective. I wonder how they intend to deliver on such promises if fixing a traffic light that has been out for more than a month is proving to be difficult” he said.
Another road user who responded to our reporter said she makes sure she has no reason to be around that area after 3pm as the area becomes an “arena for madness” as motorists try to outwit each other thereby causing traffic gridlock.
“There are no persons controlling the traffic, despite how strategic and busy this very junction is. Once in a while you see good Samaritans volunteer to control traffic even when we have DOPT, (Department of Public Transport).” another passenger added.
Another commercial driver who later identified himself Umana John, advice the state government to quickly try to reverse the dwindling state of traffic lights in the capital.
“Just take a stroll around Calabar and you will see that police booths are replacing traffic lights. This is very bad for a state that prides itself as a paradise. It will probably get worse during this Christmas season” he said.
All efforts to get the Department of Public Transport to comment on the issue proved abortive, as our reporter who visited their office was told that “oga is with the Governor”.
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