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Abuja bridges taken over by hawkers

By News Express on 26/01/2017

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•Hawkers in Abuja
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Many pedestrian bridges constructed in Abuja have been turned to mini-markets by hawkers as residents prefer to cross the expressways at great risk.

Hawkers have turned top of the bridges for the display of their wares while many residents prefer to cross the road by simply sprinting across rather than use the bridges.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports some residents have complained that the location of most of the bridges were often too far from their bus-stops.

A resident in Lugbe, near Abuja, Mrs Victoria Duru, said she preferred to cross the road by ‘making a dash’ instead of using the bridge.

She said that her bus stop was too far from the bridge.

She said she was aware of the dangers associated with crossing the busy express road but still prefer it instead of trekking to the pedestrian bridge.

“I know the danger associated with crossing the expressway, especially during the busy period, but I still prefer to cross the road by sprinting across.

“The location of my bus stop to the bridge is quite a distance and is always difficult for me to walk that distance every day.” Duru said.

Another resident, Mrs Yinka Adedeji, said her fear for heights and the energy used to climb the bridge had hindered her from using the bridge.

“I have phobia for heights and there is no way I can walk without looking down. Moreso, it takes physical strength to climb that bridge.

“Again, one cannot put out the fear of being robbed especially at night.”

Mr Uche Philip, a businessman, said that using the bridge was safer in spite of its challenges.

According to him, it is better to use the bridge than to risk one’s life dashing across busy highways.

“Not doing so can be dangerous. In fact, I will advice that more of these bridges should be constructed in some strategic locations of the city to avert unnecessary deaths of residents.

“Also, there should be people like the Abuja Environmental Protection Agency officers who will monitor the bridge against hawkers because people leave all kinds of dirt and refuse on the walkway.”

Source News Express

Posted 26/01/2017 04:11:39 AM


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