Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 December 2012

Nigeria: Abuja-Kaduna Road Residents Rejoice Over Road Project

Residents of Gauraka, a community located along Abuja- Kaduna road have commended government authorities over the on-going 12km road construction project in Tafa Local government. They described it as their first ever road project.

A statement signed by the Head of Media and Publicity Niima Association of Nigeria, Malam Jibrin Gauraka, said the road project is a timely intervention that would help ginger the economy of the community.

A resident of Gauraka and lecturer with the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Muhammad Aliyu Dikko, feared that the road may soon be destroyed due to the activities of heavy duty vehicles who like using part of the township as a park. According to him, the legislators from the state, especially Dahiru Awaisu Kuta deserves commendation.

The lecturer said the quality of the work needs to be improved upon and urged the state government to release all ward development project money, adding that the community has acute water problem which should be addressed.

A Peoples Democratic Party official, Yau Ahmad Gauraka, said it is part of the reform agenda of the state government, given the proximity of the Tafa local government to the Federal Capital Territory.

He thanked the governor, Attorney General of the State Abdul Bawa and Hon Mukhtar Ahmad for ensuring that the road project eventual materialized.

Councillor of Zuma East in Tafa Local Government, AbdulMalik Abubakar called on the contractors to expedite action since the contract was awarded few years back.

Secretary of the Congress for progressive Change (CPC) of the local government Mr. Joseph Ediale, said this is the first time the community is witnessing such development in the area. "However, we are concerned about the quality of the work. We think that government can do more by helping in other sectors like in the provision of water and electricity to Gauraka," he added.

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