President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to always comply with the nation’s Highway Code and stop abusing roads so that they can serve the nation through their designed life.
Buhari in a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Boade Akinola, spoke Friday while inaugurating the 304km Sokoto-Tambuwal-Kontagora-Makera Road.
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The president, who was represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said his administration was committed to delivering on its promise to give Nigerians good and quality road networks.
The president was quoted to have listed the abuse to include overloading of vehicles and trucks, spilling of petroleum products and converting the road shoulders to permanent parking places.
Earlier, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, listed other roads that would soon be commissioned across the country to include section II covering 142.2 x 2 (dual) Kilometers between Shuwarin and Azare, connecting Jigawa and Bauchi states; section III covering 106.3 x 2 Km between Azare and Potiskum, connecting Bauchi and Yobe states; Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road covering 24 Km connecting Benue and Cross River states and Nnewe-Uduma-Uburu Road covering 26.27Km with 14Km spur to Ishiagu connecting Enugu and Ebonyi states.
The Senator representing Kebbi Central and Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator Adamu Aliero, said that since the construction of the road in 1973, it had not undergone any major repair to the extent that it became a death trap.
The Emir of Yauri, Dr Muhammad Zayyanu Abdullahi, said the rehabilitation of the road was very crucial to the socio-economic development of the people and the neighbouring ECOWAS states.