Plateau Assembly urges Lalong to complete abandoned road projects

Simon Lalong

The Plateau State House of Assembly (PLHA) on Tuesday called on the executive arm of the State Government to complete abandoned road projects across the state.

The resolution of the House presided over by its Speaker, Mr Abok Ayuba, was arrived at after a motion on notice by Mr Baba Hassan (APC-Jos North)

“The House calls on the Plateau Government to direct the Ministry of Works and Transport to complete construction of roads in which works have stopped.

“The roads include New Market Road, Sarkin Mangu Street in Jos North Local Government,  Fobur Road in Jos East among others,” he said.

Hassan, while presenting the motion during plenary, told his colleagues that the roads link some markets and other important institutions in the area.

The Assemblyman stated that the non-completion of the roads had adversely affected economic activities in the areas.

According to him, many residents of those areas are suffering from some respiratory diseases such as Asthma because of the spread of dust.

“As I learnt, the contracts for the construction on these roads were awarded since 2016 but they are yet to be completed,” he said.

Mr Nanbol Daniel (PDP-Langtang North Central) said that capital projects were insulated from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daniel stated that capital projects construction were considered essential services during the COVID-19 period, therefore, COVID-19 could not be used as an excuse for stopping the works.

The Assemblyman added that there was also an improvement in the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as revealed by the Plateau Internal Revenue Service (PIRS).

According to him, the PIRS said that it has surpassed its IGR budget for three quarters of the year and hence the funds be used for completion of capital projects.

Mr Amurudu Usaini (APC-Bokkos), however, commended the state government for doing a good job in the area of road construction since it launched operation zero pothole in 2019. (NAN)

– Nov. 10, 2020 @ 18:15 GMT |

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