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Abandoned N21bn Highway FG Contract: Ilorin/Kabba Indigenes Lament Poor State of Freeway

… Decry incessant road accidents  

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna 

One year after the Federal Government awarded a N21 billion contract for repair of highway linking Ilorin, Kwara state capital, with Kabba, in Kogi, indigenes of Ilorin and Kabba residents in Kaduna state have lamented the poor state of the road, describing it as death trap for travellers plying the highway.

According to Salahu Kayode, who led a delegation of Kwara and Kabba Indigenes to address newsmen in Kaduna state, the over 200km highway linking the two states had been abandoned by the Federal Government, which claimed to have awarded contracts for its repairs for over one year.

“Large portions of the highway are in a worst deteriorating state that makes smooth ride between Kwara and Kogi through the Kabba axis a nightmare.

“This has negative impacts on socio-economic activities of these areas, because motorists are avoiding plying this route. And when they do, they charge excessively, which affects the prices of goods and services consumed in these affected areas.

“The worst of it is the loss of precious lives on these highways. Many travellers have also sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of accidents on this bad road that is notorious for avoidable mishaps.

“It is very unfortunate this sad development is taking place in this administration, which claims to be ‘progressives’ in nature,” Mr Kayode said.

He said it was a big nightmare travelling home, particularly during festive periods, for indigenes of these two states via Kabba and Ilorin axis.

Mr Kayode urged the Federal Government and the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, whose responsibility it is to as a matter of exigency mobilize all needed human and material resources to commence work on this important highway linking Kwara and Kogi with the western and northern parts of Nigeria.

 

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