- Published on Monday, 24 September 2012 12:32
- Written by Elombah.com
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has diverted traffic on the Abuja-Lokoja Highway which has been flooded by the River Nigeria. Lokoja is a confluence town between River Niger and River Benue and a major link between the North and South. It has been flooded over since last week hampering transport flow between Northern
and Southern Nigeria.
In A Statement By D Deputy Corps Education Mr.Bisi Kazeem States:
“Consequent upon the blockade of Abuja-Lokoja higway, FRSC has released alternative routes as follows: vehicles coming from Lagos – Okene – Lokoja- Abuja should use Okene – Ajaokuta – Ayangba – Ankpa – Makurdi Lafiya- Akwanga- Abuja.
“Those coming from the South-East should use Otukpa – Makurdi route. The ones from Abuja to Lokoja should use Akwanga – Lafiya- Makurdi – Ankpa – Okene down to Lokoja with massive deployment of personnel to the alternative routes to ensure free flow of traffic,” the statement said.
Kazeem explained that the commission blocked the highway as the road was becoming impassable.
“Motorists advised to completely avoid the route and ply alternative routes for safety’ sake.
“FRSC took this action as a result of persistent flooding in the area that has entered the third day and as a result of its concern over the safety of road users plying d route.
“Massive deployments of staff have been undertaken to enforce the blockade. The cooperation of the motoring public on this highway is required for safety purposes.
Many Nigerians have expressed their unhappiness that In 2010 and 2011, this flood that have taken over Lokoja was iminent and our ''leaders'' noticed it.
In 2012, the flood which have given us some kind of warning, eventually came in full force to cause all forms of damage and now, we rally round trying to cure the damages.
Whatever happened to ''a stitch in time...'' and ''equity aids the vigilant and not the indolent'', an observer asked on our facebook page.