Despite ‘N227 Million’ Budgeted for Rehabilitation, Bauchi-Jos Border Road Remains a ‘Death Trap’

Bauchi-Jos border Road has continued to claim locals’ lives despite the release of N227 million cumulatively budgeted for the rehabilitation of the road between 2020 to 2022.

According to Tracka, a project monitoring and accountability organisation, the federal government budgeted the sum of N144 million in 2020 for the maintenance of the road. However, it wasn’t done.

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A year after, the federal government budgeted another N57 million for the same purpose. Yet, the road continues to deteriorate. Also, in 2022, the government budgeted another N76 million for the same project.

“We’re aware that between 2020 and 2022 in the FG budget the following amounts were BUDGETED, N144m in 2020, N57m in 2021 and N76m in 2022 for the maintenance of Bauchi-Jos Plateau state border Rd in Bauchi-State,” Tracka tweeted. “Road now a death trap for road users.”

It continued: “Over N277m has been BUDGETED on the road between 2020 till date, no tangible work was done. We call on Hon @tundefashola and @FedRoadsNGR to direct the relevant stakeholders to fix the road for commuters.”

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WikkiTimes understands that this is not the only federal road in Bauchi that was left in deplorable condition despite multimillion naira released by the government.

WikkiTimes investigated how millions of naira were wasted in emergency repair of Bauchi-Gombe road. The investigation revealed how the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing not only failed to execute the work but paid contractors that have nothing to do with road construction; some of them are oil companies.

In a similar fashion, WikkiTimes investigated how two companies — AJ & N Multi-Ventures Limited and Amis & S Global Service Limited — individually cornered the total sum of N78 million meant for the rehabilitation of Yana-Shira-Azare Road and Adamami-Madakeri road in Bauchi State.


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