Daki-Biyu res­i­dents de­cry bad roads

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Onyekachukwu Obi, Seun Adeuyi & Sa­muel Farombi

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.

PHOTO: Onyekachukwu Obi

A ma­jor road in Daki-Biyu, Jabi

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