- Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, says the Okene-Lokoja federal road is an eyesore
- The governor called on the federal government to commence comprehensive rehabilitation on the road
- Governor Bello said maintenance could not be sustained by the state government due to dearth of funds
Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has described the deplorable conditions of Okene-Lokoja federal road as “an eyesore.”
The governor called on the federal government to commence comprehensive rehabilitation on the road to alleviate the suffering of the commuters.
Governor Bello who made the call on Saturday, September 21 while travelling to Okene disclosed that his administration had intervened in the maintenance of the road in 2017/2018 fiscal year.
He, however, said such maintenance could not stand the test of time due to heavy vehicular traffic on the road.
The governor added that aside from the constant damages done to the road by heavy vehicles, maintenance could not be sustained by the state government due to dearth of funds.
He expressed his displeasure on the hardship the commuters on that road pass through, stressing that they were citizens who have fulfilled their civic rights by electing their leaders at all level of governments, therefore, “do not deserve to spend days on the journey they would have made in hours.”
Governor Bello appealed to the minister of works and housing to as a matter of urgency look into the condition of the road.
“As the major road that connects the north and the southern part of the country, the road suffers heavy traffic and so, millions of Nigerians suffer the deplorable condition of the road,” he said.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state, Engineer Abubakar Ohere has lauded the completion of Ejiba Rice Processing Mill factory, noting that such was an attestation to Governor Bello’s desire to industrialize the state and revitalize its economy.
Ohere said this in Lokoja on Thursday, September 19, while receiving elders of Ejuku-Ejiba community in Yagba West local government area of the state who were on thank you visit to the governor for citing the project in their area.
Ohere who is the special adviser to the Kogi governor on local government and chieftaincy affairs pointed out that the rice mill which would position the state among leading rice producers in the country and would bring about robust economic growth and generate over 5,000 jobs.
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