January 28, 2023

Roads linking Plateau and other States are deathtraps – Sen. ID Gyang

An old dilapidated bridge linking Kaduna and Plateau villages to the West of Jos

A Nigerian parliamentarian, Senator Istifanus Gyang has asked the Federal Government to fix roads linking Plateau and other States which have turned “deathtraps”.

Gyang, the Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial zone said on Sunday, during the finals of his maiden peace and unity football tournament in Jos, that most existing roads have not undergone any recent upgrade.

In his words, “The representative of the Senate President (Senator Gabriel Suswam), you came from Abuja (to Jos) by road. You saw the road from Akwanga to Jos; it is a deathtrap.

“If you follow this road again through Jingre (Northwest Plateau to Samunaka (Northeast Kaduna), it is another deathtrap. If you follow again from Jos on your way to Bauchi, it is another deathtrap.

“President Buhari was once a Garrison Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos. This is his home. We are appealing to him through you Mr. Senate President that in the budget for Nigeria 2022, we want to see the dualization of the road from Akwanga to Jos, and we want to see the road from here to Samunaka, leading to Zaria.

“And of course the road from Jos to Bauchi. And of course the main Plateau road from Jos, Pankshin, Langtang. It was Obasanjo that helped us and we are hoping it will be revisited.”

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved N348.5 billion for the expansion of the Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe road into dual-carriage way to link Nassarawa, Plateau, Bauchi, and Gombe states.

Three years after the approval however, the roads are still dilapidated.