There has been a heavy and tight three days gridlock in Kogi State for the past few days. As we speak, it’s still on but currently eased after the measures taken by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Officials alongside the State Governor, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) last night, oyogist.com reports.
According to reports on the Governor’s official facebook page, Gov. Yahaya Bello joined the officers of the FRSC and other security agencies in ensuring that, the traffic which has been still for the last two-three days get eased.
The governor was reported to have arrived the Jamata area of the state around 06: 30pm alongside his envoy and spent over five hours gearing efforts towards halting the gridlock which has been on since Friday night.
While speaking with press men, GYB said he immediately sprung into action when he realized the traffic situation along Lokoja-Abuja road, especially between Kpata in Lokoja town to Kogi, then, from Kogi/kotonkarfe local government through the security briefings he received from his men. He added that:
“I was properly briefed about the hardship of the commuters have been going through in the last two days on this road. I was told few officers of the FRSC were seen in controlling the traffic and that no vehicle could even move an inch.”
GYB also noted that he’s spent over five hours alongside the relevant agencies and the good news is that, there’s been steady movement. He said the two major things which caused the gridlock are impatience and disorderliness.
Blames were on the FRSC Officials because they didn’t handle the accident which caused the gridlock well after it happened. He said, “I understand that one of the lanes of the bridge has been under maintenance and travelers from Lokoja/Abuja were made to use only one lane; unfortunately, two articulated vehicles collided on the single lane resulting in this gridlock.”
The Governor however commended the commuters and drivers who’s been patient for near there days. Commuters who spoke to press men commended the governor’s efforts and noted that, without his intervention, no vehicle would have been able to move.