It was awarded with presidential fanfare and aplomb two years ago, today it is in ruins.
The 82-kilometre Alkaleri-Futuk road to the oil exploration area in the Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State remains a traveller’s nightmare.
The state Governor Bala Mohammed on a recent visit to the site expressed dismay at the abandonment.
The governor made the remarks when he was led by the Management of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) on an inspection of the site.
Mohammed lamented that since President Muhammadu Buhari visited the site two years ago, nothing has been done on it.
The Governor explained that he had several times pleaded with the NEDC to come to the rescue of the people and fix the road to ameliorate the sufferings of the people because of the road.
He noted that the road is the main economic corridor that links Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau and Benue states where there are many mineral resources.
“You are aware that Mr. President has awarded a contract through the Federal Ministry of Works to the tune of N32 billion to rehabilitate this road because of the economic importance of this road in this corridor, but the contractor has not been mobilized”, he said.
The governor assured that he would soon meet the minister of works on the project even though he said, “President has listened to our plea because it is not only for the people of Bauchi, it is for the people of the northeast.
“The intervention is a palliation. They are going to rehabilitate all the places that have been washed away because we made a plea to them but I know they are doing it under the instruction of Mr. President.
“By the grace of God, they have set aside about N1.5 billion to mobilize the contractor to rehabilitate this road and I am sure that by the time they finish their procurement, you’ll see them coming here before the end of the rainy season”..
In his remarks, the NEDC managing director, Mohammed Goni Alkali said that the commission had been hearing of the road for a very long time and was aware of the suffering that people were going through because of some breakages on the road.
He said that having inspected the road, the Management of the NEDC would go back and look at what it could do to address the plight of the people.