Road users, res­i­dents de­nounce state of Nnamdi Azikiwe byepass

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

Mo­torists and res­i­dents of Kaduna, cap­i­tal of Kaduna State, have de­cried the state of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Ex­press­way, say­ing the road is char­ac­terised by too many pot­holes.

They said the pot­holes, which they de­scribed as death traps, had ac­tu­ally caused many auto crashes, lead­ing to loss of lives and dam­age to ve­hi­cles.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe Ex­press­way, built to de­con­gest Kaduna city cen­tre, is a pop­u­lar route for trav­ellers and res­i­dents who live around Mahuta, Ri­gasa, Ka­bala West, Kagoro, Bak­in­ruwa, Dutsinma, Trika­nia and Ku­denda com­mu­ni­ties, among others.

Mal­lam Haruna Suleiman, a taxi driver, told our re­porter that many car own­ers and trav­ellers who ply the ex­press­way of­ten suf­fer tyre dam­age due to the bad state of the road. “Fre­quently too, driv­ers try to dodge the pot­holes only to col­lide with other ve­hi­cles. Some ve­hi­cles have sum­m­er­saulted on run­ning into the pot­holes,” he said.

A mo­torist, Ibrahim Ja­far, said, ‘’I want our lead­ers to take a visit to Kagoro Junc­tion by the ex­press­way. You will be sur­prised at what you see. The en­tire por­tion of the road at that junc­tion is to­tally dam­aged and ve­hi­cles find it very dif­fi­cult to pass through be­cause any­time it rains, that place be­comes a river that holds wa­ter due to the wide na­ture of the hole there.’’

A mo­tor­cy­clist, Bene­dict Iliya, lamented that he lost his younger brother to an auto crash along the ex­press­way. ‘’A driver was try­ing to dodge a pot­hole not know­ing my brother was com­ing be­hind on a mo­tor­bike. The driver hit my brother’s bike and he fell, re­ceiv­ing in­jury in his head that caused him his life,” Iliya re­called.

When con­tacted, the spokesper­son of the Fed­eral Road Main­te­nance Agency (FERMA) in Kaduna, Engi­neer Sani Ab­dulka­dir, said that re­pair of the ex­press­way had been cap­tured in the 2016 bud­get, adding that the head­quar­ters of the agency was cur­rently in the process of award­ing con­tracts.

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