Daki-Biyu residents decry bad roads
Residents of Daki-Biyu in Jabi, an urban slum in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have decried the dilapidated condition of the roads in the area, describing it as a “total mess.”
Aso Chronicle learnt that, among other things, since the former minister of the FCT, Malam Nasiru el-Rufai’s demolition exercise in the area, nothing has been done by the government to repair the road.
Some of the residents who spoke to our reporters appealed to the authorities of the area council to fix the deplorable state of the roads ,amongst other needs.
Mr. Ojibe Chukwudi, a motorist and shop owner in the area, said the roads have been deplorable since he moved there, adding: “It has not been easy for me as a car owner because the road is in a very bad shape.
“Most times when it rains, the roads are not passable. I park my car very far away and trek down to my shop, which is not supposed to be so.”
While appealing to the area council authorities to come to their aid, he also identified high rent charges as another major challenge facing residents of the area.
Mrs. Omeke Anthonia, a trader in the area corroborated the position of Ojibe, saying: “This road na our major challenge here, e no good.”
She also identified the location of the only government primary school in the area, saying: “The school dey inside bush and dem no fence am.”
Similarly, a commercial motorcyclist in the area, Mr. Umar Abubakar, urged the government to come to the aid of the residents, saying: “Government should look into the plight of the people.”
Also speaking, Mr. Edeh Ejike lamented the inability of government to take care of the area, wondering if it is because of the poor people that live in the area.
He said: “Since six years that I came to this place after el-Rufai demolition, nothing has been done by the government to improve infrastructure.”
Mr. Ejike described the state of the road as “bad” and appealed to government to construct good roads and provide other social amenities that will make life more comfortable for people of the area.
Another resident, Mr. Oliver Nwanere, who spoke with annoyance, described the condition of the area as “unbearable,” urging the government to provide roads and streetlights to give the people of the area a sense of belonging.
He maintained that with the situation of the area, security of the people is at risk.
A major road in Daki-Biyu, Jabi