- Senator Uba Sani has decried the deplorable condition of some federal roads in Kaduna state
- The lawmaker noted that the condition of the roads contributes to the high rate of killings and kidnapping in the state
- Sani, however, advised the minister of works, Babatunde Fashola, to focus on the roads that are strategic to the people's lives
The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district at the red chamber, Mallam Uba Sani, has attributed the rate of bandit attacks and kidnappings in the state to the deplorable condition of federal roads, especially on Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria roads.
Legit.ng regional reporter in Kaduna Nasir Dambatta, reports that the senator while seizing the opportunity to bare his mind at the project update and town hall meeting of stakeholders on the rehabilitation of Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano dual carriageway, expressed anger at the delay in rehabilitation of the roads.
The meeting, which was organised by the federal ministry of works, hosted by the Kaduna state government and chaired by the chief of staff to the president, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, held at the Kaduna state University.
He said the delay in the rehabilitation accounts for the increasing loss of lives on the road due to the activities of bandits and kidnappers.
Senator Uba Sani said:
"The deplorable state of the road has made it very easy for criminal elements to operate. commuters are always left at the mercy of murderous elements."
The senator wondered why the works ministry under Babatunde Fashola insists on awarding many road projects at the same time despite dwindling resources.
He, however, noted that it makes better sense to prioritize and pick road projects that are strategic and better positioned to affect the lives of the people.
"The rehabilitation of Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highway is one of such projects. Its completion is now a matter of urgency and urged the ministry to give effect to the agreement it entered into with the Dangote group under the tax credit refurbishment scheme for the rehabilitation of the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road and the Kaduna Western Bye-pass (Nnamdi Azikiwe expressway).
"I reliably gathered that the Dangote group is ready to mobilize to the site but it is yet to get the go-ahead from the ministry. The Dangote group has even formally written to the Minister for authorization but there is no response yet."
While emphasising that two roads are so critical to the economic well being and security of the people of Kaduna state and Nigeria, Uba Sani also said the projects are dear to the heart of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Noting that the non-completion of the projects may affect the legacy of the president, the senator appealed to the works minister to support the Dangote group to mobilize to the site without further delay.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina state, Alhaji Lawal Dako, was killed by some suspected bandits.
It was reported that Dako who is the chairman of Sabuwa local government area was shot five times by the gunmen.
According to a report, the 60-year-old chairman was shot on Sunday, November 8.
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