After WikkiTimes’ Investigation, FERMA Returns to Bauchi-Ningi-Jigawa Road

The Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has returned to the 123.1km Bauchi-Ningi-Jigawa road to continue patching of potholes earlier abandoned.

Nanpan Joroh, Engineer in charge of Bauchi FERMA office confirmed this development to WikkiTimes in a phone interview.

WikkiTimes in an investigation co-sponsored by International Center For Investigative Reporting (ICIR) and MacArthur Foundation revealed how the road remains in bad shape years after FERMA multi-million naira contracts for various repair works on the road.

The investigation chronicled how the road continues to deteriorate as a number of road crashes have claimed lives and property of commuters along the route.

read: Despite Multi-million Naira Contracts by FERMA, Bauchi-Jigawa, Azare-Katagum Roads Still in Deplorable States

In April 2021, the federal government through FERMA paid N75.5 million to a contractor Na’atika Nigeria Ltd — for repair and patching of potholes along Bauchi-Ningi-Jigawa road. The money, according to data obtained by WikkiTimes, was paid in instalments.

Engineer Joroh said FERMA “is currently working on the Bauchi-Ningi-Jigawa road patching potholes on the road.”

When completed, he added, commuters will have ease and comfort plying the road.

Musa Isma’il, a driver who plies the road said drivers are delighted that FERMA returned to site to complete the project.

“We hope that FERMA will not disappear from the site again until all potholes consuming lives and property on this road are patched,” he said.  

This report is a follow-up to the report supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and International Center For Investigative Reporting (ICIR).

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