Residents of Kirfi Local Government Area in Bauchi State have called on Bala Muhammed, the state governor, to reconstruct the Cheledi-Gombe Abba-Dukku road as it will ease commuting, particularly during the rainy season.
The owners of ox-driven carts in the LGA championed the call on Saturday when their spokesman, Adamu Kawu, addressed journalists in the LGA during the flag-off of an empowerment program by the governor.
Kawu noted that the lack of road infrastructure is making life difficult for them considering the fact that their animals are always overwhelmed with stress due to the rigorous terrain in the area.
He equally called for an adequate and timely supply of assorted fertiliser to enable them to have a bumper harvest. He lamented that the commodity is now beyond the reach of peasant farmers due to its soaring price and shortage.
“Another problem we want the government to quickly tackle is lack of inoculation for our animals because for 3 years now, the animals have not been inoculated raising their fears of attack by rinderpest,” Kawu said.
He added: On behalf of the members of the Association, we commend the governor for what he is doing in the state. We are here to welcome him to Kirfi because we are happy with what he is doing to develop the state.
“As you can see, we have suspended activities today in solidarity with the people of Kirfi LGA. We are here in our numbers to welcome the governot to our place. We are in support of his good activities but he should remember us.”
Responding, the governor said he would construct the road if reelected in 2023.
Further, he scolded the North East Development Commission (NEDC) over its failure to rehabilitate the road despite promising to do so in 2021.