By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
The federal government has debunked allegations that the Birnin -Yauri- Rijau- Zuru -Daki -Takwas Road in Kebbi State has been abandoned, saying contractors only suspended works due to the prevailing activities of bandits in the area.
The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (FMWH) which made the defence in a statement it issued assured the road users of its commitment to fixing the road and making it safe for the public, adding that works are ongoing as contractors were already engaged by the ministry to deliver the project as proposed.
Speaking upon receiving a report in which road users alleged that the federal government had abandoned the road, the Director, Highway Construction and Rehabilitation (FMWH), Engr Folorunsho Esan, said although the contractors had achieved various levels of progress, they had suspended activities due to challenges posed by banditry.
He added that with the reduction in activities of bandits in the area, all the contractors have agreed to resume work on site.
While commending the understanding of the motorists over the temporary stoppage of construction works and its attendant inconveniences, the director assured the members of the public and the road users that the federal government would render all necessary supports to ensure that the road is delivered on scheduled.
This is coming less than a week of the reported flood-induced collapse of a portion of the Benin-Akure Highway which left motorists and passengers heading to Akure with no other choice than to travel a longer route through Ore to link up with the Benin-Lagos road to get to their destinations.