Barely two years after WikkiTimes‘ story about the dilapidated condition of the Kari-Misau road, Bauchi State Governor Bala Muhammed has flagged off the dualisation of a 7km damaged portion of the road expected to gulp over five billion naira.
WikkiTimes had in September 2022, reported that while the Federal Government continued to take off its eyes on the deteriorating condition of Kari-Misau road in Bauchi state, the road unabatedly continued to deteriorate daily becoming a death trap on one hand and, on the other, forcing residents and drivers to sand-fill potholes along the road.
A community effort was not enough to fix the road that connects Adamawa, Gombe and some parts of Bauchi central to the ancient commercial city of Kano and the rest of the northwestern states.
Despite a series of complaints channelled to different authorities, the Kari-Misau road continues to deteriorate residents and commuters plying it into losses.
WikkiTimes observes that potholes abound on the road with parts of it critically failing, thus making it unfavourable for passengers to commute with their goods.
However, Bauchi State Governor Bala Muhammed while flagging off the rehabilitation work at Misau on Monday, said his administration has deemed it necessary to commence dualisation of some portion of the road starting from A.D Rufa’i College of Education Legal and General Studies to Government Science Secondary School Misau even though it is a federal road.
“The level of the disrepair of the road, the recurrent factors of accidents and decades of neglect have become monumental and worrisome to necessitate the execution of this project”.
“Even though this road is within the federal government corridors, we decided to close our eyes to seek the approval of the federal government to do it with our own money and at our own cost”, he said.
With an eighteen-month timeline, the governor called on the contractor to deliver quality work in the execution of the seven-kilometre project which the government estimated to cost five billion naira.
“The expansion and dualization of 7km road from AD. Rufa’i College of Legal and General Studies to Government Science Secondary School Misau is estimated to cost N5.6 billion. And I am happy to say that I have paid thirty per cent of this amount which is more than close to one point five billion naira”, he added.