Some major roads in Jos metropolis are gradually becoming death traps to motorists following the reappearance of lethal potholes on the roads.
The Lightbearer observed that the potholes which are already causing untold hardships to commuters, if not given urgent attention by the government may result in untimely deaths or injury to the commuters.
One of the deadly potholes observed by our reporter is the one immediately after the Secretariat junction flyover by the Jos office of the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, where many Vehicles have broken down while others were nearly involved in an accident in the process of dodging it.
Another one is at the Hill station roundabout, which some concerned residents have attempted to fill with mud and sand to prevent accidents.
A visit to Rwang Pam Street, one of the major commercial streets around Terminus market, Masalachin Jumma’a street and many other streets around the Terminus market in Jos metropolis, it was observed that these roads network are in dire need of urgent repair to enhance free flow of movement and boost the economy of the state.
The potholes are resurfacing barely one year after Governor Simon Bako Lalong launched a road rehabilitation programme tagged “Operation Zero Pothole” in Jos and Bukuru metropolis.
In his inaugural speech, Lalong promised to sustain the programme and to expand it across the 17 local government areas.
“Today’s event, which is the flag off of ‘Operation Zero Potholes’ within the Jos – Bukuru Metropolis therefore kick-starts the implementation of this directive.
“We intend to sustain this and ensure that it goes round the major townships in the 17 local government areas of the state.
“One of our 3 –point policy thrust is physical infrastructural development, we don’t intend to only build infrastructure in the state, but shall continue working hard to maintain them. We cannot afford to let these road infrastructure decay to the point that they become a burden and threat to lives of our people.
“Henceforth, we will make sure we arrest any road deterioration early in order to sustain the lifespan of our roads and other infrastructure” he added.
Reacting to inquiry by our reporter over the deadly potholes, the Plateau state Commissioner for works, Mr. Pam Bot-Mang admitted the development, but said they are also plying the road and the government is working on the road maintenance.
On the Mararaban Jamma’a- Secretariat junction to British American junction, the commissioner said the road is still under construction and that even after completion, the contractor will still maintain the road for a period of a year.
He said there are road maintenance agency who are in charge of maintaining those road after completion.
Mr. Bot-Mang attributed some of the problem to lack of maintenance for over decades.
“The roads need maintenance like the human body, you go to hospital for check up and that is the same thing with the road, some of this road were constructed in the 70s and some of them have used their lifespan, so the government did maintenance last year and is a continuous process.
“If you go to Anglo D junction to NIPSS they are maintaining the road” he said
Though the works commissioner assured the public that the operation zero potholes programme is a continuous process to give the state the best look and better the life of citizens, it is expected that the governor should keep his promises so as to sustain the trust of the electorates.