Residents of Adamawa State have condemned the Muhammadu Buhari led APC government for neglecting the Numan – Lafiya axis of the Yola – Gombe highway which has become a nightmare to commuters.
Findings by FACT-CHECKNEWS.COM indicated that contract for the rehabilitation of the Numan – Gombe section of the road was awarded by the federal government since 2017 but as at now work done on the Numan Lafiya section of the highway is still dismal leaving motorists to grapple with hardship whenever they are on the road.
A motorist who simply identify himself as Saidu while speaking with our reporter in Lafiya said for close to two decades, the portion of the road between Numan and Lafiya has been in terrible mess and to a large extent has become un-mototable but despite the rot and the suffering people go through, the authorities never find it worthy for rehabilitation.
A bad portion of the Numan – Lafiya highway
“The Numan – Gombe highway has suffered neglect in the past 20 years or so becoming a threat to the lives of motorists plying it despite the fact that Atiku Abubakar was the vice president of Nigeria from 1999 – 2007.
” Contract for the rehabilitation was awarded sometime in 2005 but as we heard, former Governor Danjuma Goje of Gombe State ensured that the Gombe axis of the road was rehabilitated.
” With the coming of APC government which paved the way for many people from Adamawa like the first lady, Aisha Buhari, SGF Boss Mustapha, FCT minister, Mohammed Musa Bello and others to become critical stakeholders, we thought this portion will also be repaired.
“But almost four years down the line, nothing has happened despite the fact that the Numan – Lafiya axis which is in complete ruins is not up to 40km while Gombe – Lafiya portion which is about 149 Km has been repaired.
” This negligence may cost APC its chances of winning the next presidential election in Adamawa State,” he said.
A commercial bus driver, Muhammad Sufi who said he shuttles to Kaduna, Kano, Abuja and even Lagos from Yola noted that as it is, the Numan – Lafiya axis is one of the worst highways in the country.
” I can tell you with all sense of responsibility that this road ranks amongst the most dilapidated roads in the country.
“The distance between Numan and Lafiya is not quite 45 km but sometimes it takes one two solid hours to pass especially whenever it rains.
” Many vehicles are involved in accidents, many others breakdown while even men of the underworld take advantage of the bad situation to make the area their headquarters,” he said.
Sufi added that since the award of the contract for the rehabilitation of the road, less than five kilometers stretch has been tarred, noting that the bad situation only entails that Adamawa state political elites do not have the level of love for their people that will make them to ensure such important project is executed.