Some residents of Jajere, Fune local government area of Yobe State, have decried the poor condition of the road linking Tikau, Jajere and other villages.
Kanem Trust gathered that the road was constructed over 15 years ago and covers a distance of 45 kilometers, which used to take motorists less than 25 minutes to cover but they now spend up to two hours due to its state of dilapidation.
Mallam Shehu Umar, a resident and a businessman in the area, who said he plies the road almost three times a week, said the journey on the road was becoming unbearable to passengers and vehicle owners.
“The road is presently looking beyond rehabilitation due to its deplorable condition,” he added.
Umar noted that the many villagers used the road to convey their goods to markets in the area.
“During last year’s rainy season, most of the businessmen using the road found it difficult to transport their commodities to the nearby markets while many people could not visit their relatives due to the dilapidation of the road” he said.
He said apart from the commercial activities, residents around the area are considered among the active voting population with an estimated 600,000 voters.
Wakili Buba, a driver and one of the community leaders in the area, said not less than 1000 passengers and more than 100 trucks ply the poor road every week.
Buba, who spoke to our correspondent on phone, said passengers were at the mercy of God each time their vehicle spoilts on the road.
“I pity the hardship passengers go through especially during rainy season because many drivers suspend trips on the road,” he lamented.
He said rehabilitation Tikau-Jajere road is a dream of many of them living around that axis, adding that they have complained severally to the relevant authorities but their effort have not yielded the positive result.
He urged the state government and all other stakeholders in the area to join hands in reconstructing the road.
“We are seriously soliciting urgent reconstruction of the road. It will boost the economy of the state by increasing the Internally Generated Revenue IGR.”
Kanem Trust gathered the Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, in his inaugural speech on May 29, 2019 pledged to reconstruct the Tikau-Jajere road.
“In fulfilment of our campaign promises government will construct Gujba-Ngalda road, Daura-Maluri-Maiduwa roads, Tikau-Jajere and completion of the Yusufari Machina Trans Sahel road. We shall extend this to many other communities as we intend to execute them in phases” the governor had promised.
When our correspondent visited the ministry of works, the commissioner was not on seat and could not be reached on phone.