- The capital of Nigeria, Abuja, is experiencing a lot of visitors as the country prepares to install a new government led by President-elect Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023.
- The city has seen an increase in public activity and a change in its appearance, especially in the Central Business District and Eagles Square, where the opening will take place.
- The event is expected by the presidents or their representatives from different countries.
- However, the influx of tourists has created chaos in Abuja, affecting both travelers and businesses, even as hotels are benefiting from the influx of visitors.
FCT, Abuja – Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, saw a huge influx of tourists as the country inaugurated a new government on Monday, May 29.
Legit.ng Reports say that as the city has taken on a new look, especially the Central Business District and Eagles Square, the venue for the event, there has been an increase in employment in and around the city.
The President-elect of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima, will be sworn into office on Monday, May 29, 2023. The event which is expected to be held at Eagles Square in Abuja is expected to be graced by presidents from around the world or their representatives.
Visitors from different countries, countries and other regions have arrived in Abuja for the event.
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But apart from the strong protection of the city center, hotels, restaurants, and tourism businesses will continue to generate profits unlike before.
Bola Tinubu’s inauguration: Traffic jams in Abuja
Our correspondent observed that by Friday, May 26, the city was gradually filled with traffic in the capital city. Those who drive to work on Friday faced traffic problems in various parts of the city.
On Kubwa road, some drivers could not continue to the town when it was noticed that the traffic did not slow down even though it was 10 o’clock in the morning. Most of them were forced to turn back because the traffic only moved around around 12pm.
Mr Emmanuel Otene, who is a civil servant, told Legit.ng as he turned around that it was reasonable to go back home because he could not get to the office before 12pm.
“It is better to go back because it is impossible to get to the office before 12 o’clock. Today’s traffic is different. I heard that we have many Lagos people in the town for Tinubu to install. I will not come to kill myself.”
Many areas not known for traffic had their share on Friday. At Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse 2, an Uber driver who pleaded not to be named said traffic is a hindrance as the business is booming.
According to him, he would have made more money if the whole city was closed.
“There are cracks everywhere. To be honest, this is good for us, but the traffic won’t allow us to move as we should. To do business and make more money, the traffic needs to move. I understand that some roads are closed for security reasons, but I know that the police ours can do better.”
Bola Tinubu: Abuja airport is overcrowded on opening day
At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, events on both the local and international wings reached their climax. Airport taxis were like Saturdays having the best business hours.
John Omebe, a taxi driver with one of the biggest taxi companies in Abuja, said business is booming at the airport.
“It’s never been better. We’re having a great time doing business. The opening has helped us. The only problem here is the traffic, but that’s to be expected because we can’t have our cake and eat it yet. The more people come to town, the more we do.” more business and more traffic will start.”
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But a female aviation security official who did not want her name to be published said it is very difficult to control the incidents at the airport, especially related to illegal stops and landings.
According to him, the development continues to disrupt the flow of traffic at the airport. He also warned visitors to be on the lookout for criminals and ensure that they board a taxi that they are sure will take them to their destination safely to avoid heart-related issues.
“It is not easy for us, even if it is, we have to do a lot to end the chaos.
Tinubu’s Oath: Hotels benefit
A hotel worker in Gwarinpa, Mr Adegbite said the establishment of Jagaban has brought a new color to the town.
He said, although people are not sure about the incoming government and its legitimacy is in dispute, events in the capital have started and the hotel business is progressing.
“I can tell you without a doubt that this is our prime time. Business is booming because Jagaban is in town. We hope it continues this way.”
Lagos touts have moved to Abuja, the driver says
But Mr. Ifaenyi Nwanna, a taxi driver, said the situation in the town shows the capture of Abuja and Lagos ‘touts’. According to him, most of the faces he sees around Abuja seem to have moved to the city because Jagaban is in town.
“We pray that God will deliver us from their hands.”
A tour of many hotels in Abuja by our correspondent shows that almost all luxury hotels in the city center and satellite towns are fully booked.