February 2019, residents of Kurmi Local Government Area of Taraba State reportedly booed Governor Darius Ishaku over unfulfilled campaigns promises to construct the Marraraba – Baissa.
Shortly after winning his 2019 reelection bid Gov. Ishaku this time want to match his words with action by awarding the construction of the Mararraba – Baisa road, days after the award of the project the moved to the site and the grading of the road took off without waste of time.
One year after the project was flagged off, a visit to the Marraba – Baissa road shows how the road has now been abandoned in a bad state despite been flagged off last year.
It is a worst experience for travelers and traders as sometimes it is difficult for motorcycles and vehicles to pass through the road, sometimes people have to carry their motorcycle.
Resident of Baisa local government lamented that if nothing is done to address the condition of the road, the road may hit it worst state at the peak of the raining season in September.
However it is not clear if the stoppage of the road project is cause by the state government or the contractor but investigation reveal that this is not the only road project in state suffering this fate as the Takum – Wukari road and Wukari – Sukundi project are still on hold.
The Takum – Wukari road which was flagged off between 2017 and 2018 has also seen no progress as the road has been abandoned after grading. Even the Chanchanji bridge that need urgent attention has also seen no progress since 2017.
Travelers who traveled through the road has pleaded with the state government to resolve whatever issue that lead to the stoppage of the bridge construction as the old bridge is a disaster waiting to happen.
Correspondents at Wukari local government allegedly told Arewafocus that even the Wukari – Sunkundi road has not been completed. According to our correspondent the road was tarred from wukari but not completed upto Sunkudi and work in the site has been pause.
Meanwhile the people of Ussa local government has lamented how the have been allegedly ignored by the state government. The people wonder why Governor Ishaku is yet to attend to the Takum – Ussa road as from Takum to Ussa is less than 20 kilometers, The people of Ussa also lamented that the General hospital at Ussa nearing completion has not been attend too since Governor Ishaku took over. The people pleaded with the state government to come to their aide my completing the General hospital since health is wealth.