URE os­ion i road

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Adamu added that the con­di­tion of the road had de­te­ri­o­rated, be­cause of the heavy rain­fall wit­nessed in the state this year.

“This road needs to be re-con­structed be­cause all the pre­vi­ous ren­o­va­tions and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tions ap­par­ently didn’t work,” he ad­vised.

A pas­sen­ger, Daniel Ali, said: “Pre­vi­ously there was a small bridge at the area, but af­ter it was eroded, th­ese stones were put to sup­port the road. How­ever, as can be seen the stones can no longer hold the road any longer.”

Mr. Ali said al­most on daily ba­sis, ac­ci­dents are recorded which claimed lives and neg­a­tively af­fected eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties in the area.

Com­ment­ing on the sit­u­a­tion of the road, the Fed­eral Roads En­gi­neer of the Fed­eral Roads Main­te­nance Agency (FERMA), in Gombe, En­gi­neer Su­laiman Mo­hammed re­vealed that a team of en­gi­neers from the agency had in­spected the road, and sent memos to the agency head­quar­ters in Abuja for fur­ther ac­tion.

En­gi­neer Su­laiman Mo­hammed said de­spite the near to­tal col­lapse of the road, at FERMA their duty is to main­tain roads af­ter con­struc­tion.

“Even as the road is in very bad shape, our duty as out­lined by the law es­tab­lish­ing FERMA, is to main­tain and re­ha­bil­i­tate roads. As such we can­not award con­tracts for con­struc­tion of a new road,” he said.

Ho w e v e r , when our cor­re­spon­dent checked at the of­fice of the Fed­eral Comptroller of Works, in Gombe, En­gi­neer Rugba Emenoge,he said he knows noth­ing about the road, and all en­quiries about it should be chan­neled to the Fed­eral Min­istry of Works head­quar­ters in Abuja.

“All com­plaints about the road should be di­rected to Abuja. I am sorry to re­spond to you this way, but it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of FERMA to repair and main­tain roads, not my of­fice,” En­gi­neer Emenoge told this re­porter on phone.

A washed away lane of Gombe-Bauchi road

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­bles ex­posed by the ero­sion

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