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Despite N757.48bn budget, FG roads still in disrepair, aiding herdsmen’s attacks

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In spite of N757.48bn budgeted for road rehabilitation and reconstruction by the Federal Government since 2015, most of its roads are still in a terrible state of disrepair.

Bad Roads

Investigations by The PUNCH in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria showed that the budgetary allocation had not made appreciable impacts on the roads across the country as many of them had not only become eyesores, but also embarrassments to a nation in search of investors.

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Findings also indicated that the bad state of the roads had been aiding bandits and herdsmen, who killed and kidnapped travellers in impassable spots on these highways.

The N757.48bn budgeted by the Federal Government for the road sector was arrived at based on the analysis of the figures contained in the annual budget documents for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation.

According to the analysis of the budget documents by our correspondents, N17.8bn was budgeted for roads and bridges by the Federal Government in the 2015 budget, while the figure rose to N132.4bn in 2016 for over 50 roads and bridges’ project.

In 2017, the allocation rose to N263.28bn for over 200 roads and bridges’ projects, while N344bn was budgeted for the 2018 fiscal period.

Analysis of the budget showed that N1.6bn was budgeted for the Abuja-Abaji Road, N1.51bn for the Kano-Maiduguri Road, N1.05bn for the dualisation of the Obajana-Benin, N1.04bn for the Enugu-Port Harcourt Road, among others

Further analysis of the budget document showed that in 2016, N13bn was budgeted for the dualisation of the Kano-Maiduguri Road, Sections I-V; while N8.7bn was appropriated for the reconstruction and pavement strengthening of sections of the Benin-Sagamu Expressway.

In the same vein, N14.2bn was appropriated for the construction of the Oju/Loko Oweto Bridge to link Loko and Oweto roads that connect Benue State to Nasarawa State and Oshegbudu-Oweto Road, while N13bn was appropriated for the concession of the Second Niger Bridge.

Also, about N6bn was allocated for the dualisation of the Odukpani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states, N4.8bn was for the rehabilitation of the Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani Road, N8.8bn was for the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Tambuwal Kotangora-Makira Road, while N40bn was appropriated for the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, Section I.

Similarly, N2.8bn was appropriated for the completion of the Gombe-Numan-Yola Road phase II, N5bn was for the rehabilitation of Apapa-Oshodi-Oworoshoki Road, N2.6bn was budgeted for the dualisation of Kano-Katsina Road phase I, while N6bn was for the dualisation of Ibadan-Ilorin Section II.

The rehabilitation of the Enugu-Onitsha Road got N5.5bn in the 2016 budget, just as N2bn was appropriated for the dualisation of the Sapele-Agbor-Ewu Road, Section I.

In the 2017 budget, the Federal Government budgeted N1.2bn for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Sagamu Road, N7bn for construction of the Bodo-Bonny way, N2bn for the reconstruction of the Ete-Ikot Abasi Highway, N1.5bn for the dualisation of Kano-Katsina Road and N3.6bn for Enugu-Port Harcourt Road.

Also, N5.5bn was allocated for the reconstruction of the Benin-Ofosu-Sagamu highway,N4bn for the dualisation of the Kano-Maiduguri Road, N2.2bn for the Suleja-Minna Road project, N3.6bn for the Obajana-Benin Road and N5bn for dualisation of Ibadan-Ilorin Road among others.

In the 2018 budget, about N344bn was allocated for the construction and rehabilitation of many roads nationwide including the Abuja-Abaji Road, Lagos-Sagamu-Ibadan Dual Carriageway, Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani Road, the Kano-Maiduguri Road, Enugu-Port-Harcourt Dual Carriageway, and the Odupkani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road.

But in spite of these allocations, investigations by our correspondents nationwide revealed that many roads were still in a state of disrepair.

In the North-Western state of Zamfara, one of our correspondents reported that the 110 -kilometre-Gusau-Dansadau Road, which was constructed in the Second Republic by the Shehu Shagari administration in 1982, was in a bad state.

Many motorists have abandoned the road, which links Zamfara to Kebbi and Kaduna states, because of accidents caused by potholes on it.

A motorist, Alhaji Aliyu AbdulAziz, in an interview with The PUNCH, said he had stopped going to Dansadau for his business activities because of the poor condition of the road.

Another motorist, Mallam Ilyasu Gusau, told one of our correspondents that the road had become a death trap as armed robbers and bandits had been operating freely on it.

According to him, the road used to be one of the busiest roads in the state, but has now been abandoned due to its terrible state.

Zamfara bandits attack motorists on bad roads

An indigene of the area, Mallam Ibrahim Kazauda, said the road had become a flashpoint of bandits, adding that the hoodlums had been invading many villages along the road.

The head of the Wanke village, Yariman Wanke, said the community had complained to the appropriate authorities, lamenting that nothing was done to alleviate the suffering of the people.

A member of the state House of Assembly, representing the area, Alhaji Abdullahi Turaki, who also expressed disgust over the dilapidated road, said, “My first assignment as soon as we begin sitting is to bring a motion about the road.”

Also, Governor Bello Mutawalle of the state, through his the Director General, Media and Publicity, Alhaji Yusuf Idris, said the repair of the road was one of the priorities of his administration.

104-year-old FG’s Oyo-Iseyin road rots away

Also, in Oyo state, a 400-kilometre Oyo-Iseyin Road, which was opened for use in 1915 by the Federal Government, had become impassable.

As the road has become an eyesore, so also is the Odo-Ogun Bridge on it. A traveller, Jeremiah Oke, said, “Many of us prefer to travel down to Ibadan from Iseyin before heading back to Oyo, which altogether is a 126-kilometre journey, which ordinarily should be a distance of about 40 kilometres.”

Two motorists, Lateef Alarape and Rauf Anigilaje, appealed to the Federal Government, to assist them because the bad state of the road had affected not only their work as transporters, but also hampered the economic growth of towns and villages in the area.

The Aseyin of Iseyinland, Oba Abdulganiyu Adekunle, in a chat with one of our correspondents, condemned the total abandonment of the road by the Federal Government.

The Aseyin observed that since 1915 that the road was reportedly constructed, no repair or major rehabilitation had been carried out on it.

He said the Odo Ogun Bridge was too narrow and should, therefore, be expanded to an international standard.

Killer herdsmen on the rampage on Ibadan/Ife Road

Also, in Osun State, the Ibadan/ Ife Expressway has become a fearful route since Fulani herdsmen are taking the advantage of its bad portions to terrorise road users.

For example, gunmen kidnapped Prof Olayinka Adegbehingbe of the Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on one of the bad spots of the road on June 5, this year.

The educator was going nearby his better half when they were assaulted by furnished men among Asejire and Apomu street.

Likewise, on June 12, suspected Fulani herders, assaulted voyagers on the equivalent Ife-Ibadan Expressway at Ikire and gave dead a representative of the Atakumosa West Local Government Area of Osun State, Samson Adenipekun.

The perished was making a trip to Ibadan, Oyo State, in an unregistered Toyota Corolla vehicle driven by one Ismaila Olayiwola, when the occurrence occurred.

Osogbo-Ilesa Road inclined to assaults

Additionally, one of our reporters in Osun State saw that the Osogbo-Ilesa Road was in a terrible condition. It was assembled that the street was inclined to assaults by herders.

For instance on February 11, a few individuals from staff of Bowen University, Iwo, were stole out and about, close Idominasi, a town in the Obokun Local Government Area.

A people group pioneer in Idominasi, Mr Ogunniyi Olateju, in a meeting with The PUNCH, said work, which began the street 10 years prior, had not been finished.

Whenever reached, Supervisor, Osun State Ministry of Works, Mr Remi Omowaiye, clarified that the organization of Governor Gboyega Oyetola had been holding converses with the Federal Ministry of Works to guarantee that every single government street in the state were in great conditions.

Likewise, the Federal Controller of Works in the state, Kehinde Olawale, said the temporary worker chipping away at the street would before long come back to the site.

Another street that has turned into a sorry excuse for its old self is the Ejigbo-Iwo Road. The occupants approached the administration to direly recreate the street that connections Osun State to Ogbomoso in Oyo State.

Government streets in Benue, the most noticeably terrible in Nigeria – Monarch

In the North-Central, drivers and network pioneers in Benue State, in independent meetings with The PUNCH, depicted the Federal Government’s streets in the state as the most noticeably terrible in the nation.

A portion of the awful government streets in the state are the Makurdi-Gboko-Katsina Alla-Zaki Biam Road, which connections the state to Taraba State; the Makurdi-Aliade Otukpo Road, which interfaces the state to Enugu State; and the Makurdi-Laafia-Abuja Road that prompts northern piece of the nation.

One of our journalists detailed that the most exceedingly terrible of the government streets in the state was Makurdi-Naka-Adoka-Ankpa Road which connections the state to Kogi State.

The journalist saw that every one of the streets, particularly the Makurdi-Naka-Adoka – Ankpa Road, were closed.

Makurdi-Naka-Ankpa Road lair of executioner herders

A few drivers said they had relinquished the Makurdi-Naka-Adoka-Ankpa Road since it had turned into a nook of executioner herders.

It was additionally accumulated that the circumstance was not distinctive on the Makurdi-Aliade-Otukpo Federal Highway. An adventure from Makurdi to Otukpo, which used to take one hour ten minutes, presently takes drivers around three hours.

A conventional ruler and Ter Nagi, Chief Daniel Abomtse, portrayed the “storage compartment A” street in his nearby government central command (Makurdi-Naka-Ankpa Road) as the most exceedingly terrible street he had ever observed the nation over.

He noticed that the Makurdi-Naka Road was developed by a previous non military personnel legislative head of Benue State, the late Aper Aku (1976 to 1979), and gave over to the Federal Government.

Abomtse included, “Because of the awful idea of the street, it has turned into a territory for hoodlums, particularly executioner herders.

“I have been always in contact with the then congressperson for this locale, (Senator George Akume) and my House of Representatives part, Mike Gbilah, who has guaranteed me that he will utilize his second residency to actualise our fantasies.”

An inhabitant of Naka, Mrs Dorcas Dooshoma, said,”Fulani herders dependably utilize the state of the street to assault explorers. Numerous individuals were slaughtered a year ago out and about, however it is somewhat sheltered now with the nearness of troopers,” Dooshoma mourned.

Representative Samuel Ortom of the state spoke to the Federal Government, to recreate the vile streets over the state.

Lagos/Badagry Expressway, national disgrace

Then, the Lagos/Badagry Expressway has turned into a national disgrace as the street that connections Nigeria with Benin Republic is in a condition of deterioration.

In spite of the fact that the Lagos State Government had begun the reproduction of the ever-bustling street, work had since halted for absence of assets.

A businessperson, Bolaji Banjoko, who lives at the Barracks along the Lagos-Badagry turnpike, said drivers, travelers and bystanders for the most part experience exceptional distress while employing the street.

He included that the potholes the street were in charge of the gridlock that caused them to invest hours on an adventure that ought to have kept going minutes.

Banjoko stated, “We have been crying about the poor condition of the street for such a long time. Our encounters out and about have been extreme, going out and coming in once a day is a major test. At whatever point it rains, the circumstance exacerbates in light of the fact that it causes gridlock which causes us to invest hours on a voyage that should kept going only a few minutes. The gridlock is constantly serious to the point that even motorcyclists and people on foot can invest hours on a specific spot.”

In a comparative advancement, street clients utilizing the Apapa Expressway in Lagos had additionally been denouncing the unfortunate condition of the street that had made driving testing to them. Truth be told, the poor state of the street had prompted numerous mishaps, and had been imperiling the lives of street clients employing the pivot.

In spite of the fact that, the President Muhammadu Buhari, had designated a team to reestablish regularity along the Apapa road in about fourteen days, the gridlock still waits. Senator Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, had additionally made a U-abandon his guarantee that he would explain the Apapa gridlock emergency in 60 days. With the commonness of the gridlock in the territory, the legislature should set up palliative measures to ease the hardship workers experience while handling the Apapa turnpike desperately.

Akure/Ado-Ekiti street not restored since 1970s

In Ondo State, The PUNCH reporter detailed that the Akure-Ado Ekiti Federal Government Expressway had turned into a hazardous course for explorers and drivers.

It was accumulated that no restoration had been done out and about, which was developed during the 1970s.

A portion of the clients of the streets, who talked with one of our reporters, Mr Kola Olatuyi, spoke to the legislature to discover an answer for the terrible state of the street.

In his response, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, said the Federal Government was intending to start chip away at it that was the reason the state government left it.

In the interim, the general population of the Ihuokpara in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State in the South-East have approached the administration to desperately go to their guide with the goal that they would not be cut off from different pieces of the state.

The conventional leader of Ihuokpara, Igwe Fidelis Nwatu, Eze Agabi I of Agabi Kingdom, said the condition of the street was terrible.

In Cross River State, the 34-kilometer Yahe-Wanakom-Benue Road is currently in an awful state.

It was assembled that the street was relinquished well before Governor Ben Ayade-drove state government chose to restore it.

At the point when reached for remarks on what the Federal Government was doing to address the issues of bureaucratic streets that were as of now in a condition of decay the nation over, authorities of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing wouldn’t utter a word.

The Director of Information, FMPWR, Theodore Ogaziechi, did not answer a few calls that were made to his line on Sunday.

He likewise did not react to an instant message that was sent to him by one of our journalists, in solicitation for the service’s situation on the topic as of the season of documenting this report on Sunday.

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