Traditional rulers as well as youths and women in Benue State have taken their cries to President Muhammadu Buhari over the deplorable state of 47km Otukpo-Ugboju-Onyagede-Ankpa federal road.
The road which connects the northern part of the country to the entire south, through Ankpa in Kogi State, was last rehabilitated in 1990s, when President Muhammadu Buhari was the chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF).
Speaking with Journalists on Sunday, the traditional ruler of Ugboju district in Otukpo local government, Chief Solomon Apochi, said the deplorable state of the road had reached alarming rate, saying the people had waited for too long for the federal government interventions.
He said, the entire community has been cut off from neighbouring towns and cities as the road has been impassable over the years, which had adversely affected commercial activities of the people who are predominantly commercial farmers.
Also speaking, member representing Adoka/Ugboju constituency at the Benue House of Assembly, John Adams Okloho, said the sorry state of the road has also caused intending investors to abandon some choice communities along the road.
Okloho stressed that, “It is only Dangote trucks that are seen daily in their large numbers, conveying coals from Onyagede axis to their factory.”
The lawmaker regretted that, the Dangote trucks were largely responsible for the current state of the road and wondered why the richest man in Africa did not contemplate fixing the 47 kilometers road, by way of corporate social responsibility.
On his part, the Paramount ruler of Onyagede in Ohimini local government, Chief Ogili Adamu, attributed the poor condition of living in the community to the comatose state of the federal road.
“We are the largest producer of cassava flour (Garri) and every market day, over 50 trucks would queue to load Garri to the north, the east and the west, but today is the market day and the turnout is abismally low as farmers can no longer access the market with their goods.”
Chief Adamu therefore called on President Buhari to come to the aide of the people, adding that, reconstruction of the road would also reduce the spate of crimes and insecurity that are currently plaguing the community.
Those who lamented the poor shape of the road also include market women and commercial motorcycle riders, who decried the present state of the road, describing it as “death trap and den of robbers”.
They, however, expressed confidence that President Buhari would harken to their cries, saying, he did it for them as PTDF chairman and now that he is in charge of the country, he would hopefully come to their aid.
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