Kano-Zaria road: Mat­ters aris­ing

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The Abuja to Kaduna high­way which was re­cently re­paired to ease traf­fic for the high and mighty in the coun­try due to the clo­sure of Abuja Air­port has been in the news lately, al­beit for the wrong rea­son. The route has as­sumed no­to­ri­ety as the haven of dare-devil kid­nap­pers, armed rob­bers and other shady char­ac­ters.

I’m not in any way averse to this new pos­i­tive devel­op­ment, but I’m so much con­cern about the bi­ased man­ner in which fed­eral gov­ern­ment have been giv­ing pref­er­en­tial treat­ment in the re­pair and re­con­struc­tion of some high­ways in the coun­try to the detri­ment of others, no­tably Kano-to Zaria high­way which has be­come death-trap, claim­ing many pre­cious souls al­most on daily ba­sis!

Now, given the way Kano-Zaria road have so far been ne­glected, can we state with cer­tainty that our over­whelm­ing votes for the APC have been jus­ti­fied? I be­lieve the over two Mil­lion votes given to the APC in the last gen­eral elec­tion was noth­ing more than a lost in­vest­ment.

Worth not­ing also, is the fact that Kano to Zaria High­way can only be com­pared with La­gos to Ibadan ex­press­way in terms of eco­nomic im­por­tance to the na­tion. The road serves as link­age be­tween the two most im­por­tant states in the coun­try. But why it was ne­glected de­spite its present di­lap­i­dated states of dis­re­pair has so far re­mained a mat­ter of con­jec­ture.

As I write this, the La­gos-Ibadan high­way is un­der­go­ing the same pro­cesses of re­pair and re­con­struc­tion by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. But in mat­ters of pri­or­ity, Kano to Zaria also, mer­ited any in­vest­ment by FG con­sid­er­ing the im­por­tance of the road to the so­cio-eco­nomic im­por­tance of the coun­try and the sac­ri­fices made by Kano peo­ple in en­sur­ing the elec­toral suc­cesses of APC ad­min­is­tra­tion against a for­mi­da­ble foe!

This im­por­tant artery be­sides con­nect­ing the na­tion’s most pop­u­lous state with the rest of Nige­ria; also serves as the route through which agri­cul­tural pro­duces, are trans­ported to other parts of the coun­try.

I’m so much in­clined to be­lieve that Mr. Fashola was ap­pointed to serves as Min­is­ter of Power, Works and Hous­ing by Pres­i­dent Buhari for ONLY south­ern Nige­ria? I tend to agree with such widely held no­tion how­ever weird it may seems given the way the Min­is­ter seem to con­cen­trate his at­ten­tion more on south and pay­ing leap ser­vice to the other part of the coun­try!

Kano does not de­serve such un­fair treat­ment by the FG, by what­ever yard­stick one look at the present sit­u­a­tion. We de­served to be ca­joled and over pam­pered given our po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and elec­toral val­ues in the coun­try. But if such trends con­tinue, 2019 is not far away. And we have the power of our votes to do away with lead­ers who are in­sen­si­tive to our flights as a peo­ple.

Kabiru Tsakuwa, Kano.

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