Commuters, transporters attribute low patronage at parks to insecurity

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ABUJA – Commuters and transporters on Wednesday blamed low patronage of motor parks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on current security challenges in the country.

Some of the transporters told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the parks had witnessed the lowest for the first time during similar celebration.

Mr Raazak Alfa, who returned from Ibadan, said he was compelled to travel.

“Despite the fact that there is increase in the fare, the state of the nation as per security is something to be scared of.

“This Sallah is a difficult one although had relief when got to Ibadan; living in Abuja is scaring,’’ he said.

Another commuter, Mrs Joke Adeniyi, said she was forced to travel to Ilorin to attend her mother’s 70th celebration.

“It is easy to travel in this scaring . But had to go because of my mother’s .

“Anything could have happened at the park or on the road; the fear of insecurity is high, truly, did enjoy my trip,’’ Adeniyi said.

Mr Olorunju Alabi, the Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), FCT chapter, however, said the management had taken steps to provide security at the parks. [eap_ad_2] “We conduct search on and passengers; We have also stopped indiscriminate parking around the parks.

Alabi said that although transportation fares had increased, the parks still witnessed poor patronage during the celebration.

Mr Nathan Atume, a passenger, urged government to equip parks across the country modern security gadgets.

“Iron detectors should be made available to the parks to check and passengers for safety,’’ Atume said.

NAN, however, that there was gridlock at the Nnmadi Azikiwe International Airport as the two-day break ends.

Mrs Henritta Yakubu, the Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications Department, FAAN, told NAN that the airport witnessed heavy during the celebration.

“There has been serious rush leading to traffic gridlock, especially at the domestic wing of the airport.
“Flights are fully booked in both domestic and international wings; are flying in and of Abuja. I believe this is because of the two-day holiday,’’ Yakubu said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]