Bauchi Drivers Decry Spending Extra Hours Going To Gombe After Flood Washed Culverts

Alhaji Buhari Umar Batira, the Chairman Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria RTEAN in charge of Bauchi-Gombe chapel, has said that many members of the association spent more hours going to Gombe after floods washed away culverts along Bauchi Gombe expressway.

He said the development now forces both commercial and private drivers to a longer route to get to Gombe from Bauchi.

Batira said before the peak of the 2022 rainy season, the association normally undertook about 30 trips per day, but regretted that this has been reduced to just about 10 per day.

He attributed it to broken culverts along the Bauchi=Gombe expressway following a heavy downpour sometime in early July this year.

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“The flooding is compounded by human activities as farmers now plant sugarcane, rice, maize, and sorghum along waterways and once there is a flood, the water normally carries along with it debris of these crops that often weaken reinforcement around the culverts, resulting collapse of the culverts,” he said.

To him, few members of the association who still carry out their business along the highway have now opted for Bauchi-Darazo-Dukku-Gombe which is far longer, saying the chapel has no option but to increase transport fares from N1,400 to N2,000 per trip.

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Batira said vehicles that would ordinarily last for two years now hardly function for more than eight months due to the deplorable condition of the highway, adding that many commuters have equally abandoned trips along the route due to the stress going through Darazo to Gombe and hike in transport fare.

“The only solution to these culverts collapses along the road is for the Federal Government to construct a bridge that will stand the test of time rather than ‘patch-patch’ culverts that are poorly put in place”, he added.

Alhaji Batira suggested that the Bauchi-Gimbe road requires total reconstruction because it was built about 50 years ago, noting that the current rehabilitation exercise has not yielded the expected result. 


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