Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State and Senator Binos Yeroe of Adamawa South Senatorial Zone have joined other citizens of Taraba and Adamawa states in protests against deplorable nature of the Numan-Jalingo Road.
The 104-km Numan-Jalingo road is a federal highway stretching from Numan, a major town in the southern part of Adamawa State, and running through to Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State, but is currently in a very bad condition after contractors abandoned rehabilitation work on it.
In a documentary presented to newsmen in Yola under the #Fix_Numan_Jalingo_Road campaign, both Governor Ishaku and Sen. Binos condemned the bad nature of the road and called on the federal government to speed up efforts to fix it.
Contract for the federal highway was awarded in July 2017 at N11 billion to Deux Project Ltd and scheduled for completion in 20 months, but more than three years after, only about three kilometres of the road have been rehabilitated.
Senator Binos, who spoke extensively in the documentary and was at its presentation to newsmen, Friday evening in Yola, said, ‘It is clear from our findings that while the contractor is financially and technically incompetent, Federal Government itself has not been forthcoming with financial mobilisation, and these things must be rectified and all necessary moves made to get this project completed.”
In the documentary produced by Quest Media Ltd, Governor Ishaku also spoke in several clips, lamenting the sorry condition of the road and calling for immediate remedy, saying, ”The deplorable nature of the road affects the economic life of our people, as even our farmers find it difficult to move their produce.”
Many users of the road and citizens of both Adamawa and Taraba states who spoke in the documentary, stressed that the Numan-Jalingo road has become a death trap that needs to be fixed without further delay.