The residents of Ome community in the Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, have appealed to Governor Abdullahi Sule to direct the contractor handling the Gude/Shupe-Ome-Atabula-Obi roads to return to site and complete the road project which was abandoned by the state government for over four years.
Sule had flagged off the 22-kilometer road project in 2019 while celebrating his first 100 days in office in a bid to ameliorate the plights of residents and traders who plied the road every day.
Speaking with Saturday PUNCH in Lafia on Thursday, the Ome Community Youth Chairman, James Elisha, wondered why the state government abandoned the project after making numerous promises to the people of the area.
He lamented that there had been an increase in the spate of insecurity in communities around the area due to the bad road, adding that the situation has created panic and fear on the residents.
Therefore, Elisha urged the state government to urgently intervene in the matter in order to restore the confidence of the people.
“During his 100 days in office, he came to us and flagged off the construction of the road with a promise that it would be completed within a short period of time. But I really cannot understand why we have to suffer this much before the road will be completed.
“At the moment, the floods have washed away some culverts constructed by the contractor. Our communities have been exposed to environmental hazards due to the poor quality of job done on the roads. We have also been completely cut off from the other communities in the area.
“The road from Ome that links Akaba community to Agyaragu is not good, and this 22km road that has been abandoned is also in a terrible condition. We want the governor to visit the site and inspect the level of work done by the contractor just as he has been visiting other projects flagged off by his administration in the other LGAs.
“We are appealing that the government should consider our plight and order the contractor back to the site so that this nightmare that we are currently experiencing will be over.”
Our correspondent reports that the state government earmarked N330m for the construction and rehabilitation of the roads to boost agriculture and trade in the area.
Meanwhile, in what seems to be a surprise, the governor had, during his speech to mark Nasarawa State 26th anniversary, claimed that his administration had completed the road project.
“In this regard, we have constructed the Ribi-Jangwa, Agwade-Shupe-Atabula-Obi,
Shabu-Doka-Arugba-Lakio, Kanje-Abuni, and Kagbu A-Atsoko-Wana roads.”
Also speaking, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, who wants anonymity, said it was wrong for the governor to take credit for the work he had not done.
When approached for reaction, the state Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Mu’azu Gosho, declined to comment on the matter.
Pressed further, he simply told our correspondent that he would speak on the matter at the appropriate time.
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