The senator representing Adamawa South District within the Nationwide Meeting (NASS), Binos Yeroe and different stakeholders have cried out over the deplorable situation of deserted Numan-Jalingo Highway.
The Numan-Jalingo highway is a federal freeway stretching about 104 kilometres throughout Adamawa and Taraba states however has now change into deplorable.
It lies inside the Adamawa South Senatorial Zone.
Senator Binos Yaroe who spoke in Yola throughout a media screening of a documentary on the highway urged the Federal Authorities to assessment the contract for the highway and resume rehabilitation work.
The contract for the federal freeway was awarded in July 2017 at N11 billion to Deux Challenge Ltd and scheduled for completion in 20 months, however greater than three years down the road, solely three kilometres of the highway has been finished.
“It’s clear from our findings that whereas the contractor is financially and technically incompetent, Federal Authorities itself has not been forthcoming with monetary mobilisation, and these items should be rectified and all vital strikes made to get this undertaking accomplished,” Sen Binos mentioned.
Within the documentary produced by Quest Media Ltd and offered to newsmen below the Repair Numan Jalingo Highway marketing campaign, leaders and residents of Adamawa and Taraba, together with the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, lamented the unhealthy situation of the highway and referred to as for quick treatment.
“The deplorable nature of the highway impacts the financial lifetime of our folks, as even our farmers discover it troublesome to maneuver their produce,” Governor Ishaku mentioned.
He mentioned he would have fastened the a part of the highway in his state and would have appealed to his Adamawa State counterpart to repair his half, if not as a result of the Federal Authorities is averse to states doing roads and claiming value.
He, due to this fact, appealed to the Federal Authorities to both remobilize the contractor again to work or cancel and re-award the contract.
Others who commented on the highway expressed related views, stressing that the Numan-Jalingo highway is a crucial freeway which has sadly change into not solely nearly impassable however makes customers of the highway straightforward targets for armed theft and kidnapping of travellers.