Nigeria

Official: Accident prone Jigawa road to be redesigned

Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Works and Transport, Mr Babangida Hussaini, has declared the intention of the Government to redesign the Wudil-Birnin Kudu federal road against the deadly occurrences of motor accidents.

The Permanent Secretary who was in the state on Friday alongside a retinue of other engineers from the works ministry said the visit is to show concern of Government that the road is claiming lives of Nigerians due to its bad construction.

Speaking to reporters during the visit, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Husaini, said the visit has availed them with the opportunity to figure out how the Federal Government could redesign the multiple sharp curves that have been a major source of accidents by motorists plying the route.

He said the ministry has received series of complaints about the road particularly those places that accidents occur over the years.

‘As you can see this road was constructed over 50 years ago, it is already a dead road which begs for a quick redesign and removes all these unnecessary bends,’ he stated.

‘On this single bend alone, you can see about 4 different mass graves where over 80 people were buried after they were burnt to ashes as a result of a motor accident,’ he stated.

Mr Babangida further explained that ‘every one of these bends along this road tells of a sad story of a fatal accident’.

The permanent secretary that based on the technical and engineering report, the work at the site will be divided into two phases.

According to him the first phase of the work will cover six kilometres and emphasis will be given to the identified accident flashpoints.

He then assured motorists of the commitment of the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to make all roads safer for everyone across the country.

It would be recalled that last month an accident happened around one of the dangerous bends and 18 people were reported to have been killed including children and pregnant women.

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