Traffic Jam cripples Owerri

Owerri, the capital of Imo State, has witnessed serious traffic jam  last week which crippled economic and social activities in the city.

Last Wednesday recorded the worst in recent times when the traffic jam,   lasted till 10 pm.

The problem, according to eye witnesses, was compounded by an accident that happened on the Nworie bridge along Assumpta Avenue involving a petrol tanker and two tricycles, a.k.a keke.

The accident affected traffic on Douglas and Bank roads, spilling  into Wetheral and  Mbaise roads.

Commuters expressed anger that authorities responsible for traffic control in the State did not do enough to control the traffic which later degenerated into anarchy.

They called on the traffic wardens, and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to respond more speedily to such situations to avert such jams in traffic.

One of the keke drivers seen on Bank road, en route to Amakohia, the restriction of  movement  through Government House axis for  contributing to the regular traffic jam on the road  as commuters to Amakohia do not have alternative than to join those going to Assumpta Avenue, Onitsha, Port Harcourt roads.

Road users caught up in the traffic who spoke to Christian Voice also called on government to equip the agencies as well as establish more government parks for buses in the State Capital to reduce  suffering and ensure free flow of traffic.

Our reporter observed that other state capitals have quicker FRSC response to traffic jams because they seem to be more equipped than the corps’ command in Imo.

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