Flood Destroys Makurdi-Lafia-Abuja Road

By 06:35 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 Comments

The only road linking Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is about splitting into two at the Yelwa settlement, on the outskirts of Makurdi, Benue State.

The situation was of serious concern to motorists and commuters plying the road on Tuesday as many of them were seen by our correspondent lamenting long hours spent on the road.

A bus passenger, who identified himself simply as Chukwu, told Punch correspondent that he and his co-travellers had spent several hours on the same spot with no relief in sight.

He said, “We left Onitsha, Anambra State, at about 10pm on Monday, en route to Abuja. We got to this spot in the early hours of Tuesday, precisely 6am, to find out that the road had collapsed. You can see how deadly the spot is; we have been waiting for our turn to drive pass it; the spot can hardly take a vehicle.”

Punch Metro learnt that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had ordered a repair of the bad portion of the road.

Ortom reportedly asked the CGGC Construction Company to immediately carry out rehabilitation of the failed portion to make the road motorable again.

A state official said work on the road would commence on Wednesday (today) and would be supervised by the Commissioner for Works, Transport and Energy, Emmanuel Manger.

The governor was said to have expressed concern about the hardship faced by motorists on the road.

He restated the commitment of his administration to making life more meaningful for the people in various sectors of the economy.



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