September 6, 2017

Gwagwalada residents call for urgent repair of bad roads


Amansea border town on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway

Some residents of  Gwagwalada Area Council, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have called on the council’s chairman to urgently repair the many bad roads in the council.

The residents, who made the call in separate interviews with newsmen on Wednesday in Gwagwalada said so many roads in the area were not passable and needed urgent attention.

According to the residents, most of the roads in the area have become nightmares, especially during this rainy season.

Mrs Funke Adebayo, a medical doctor said that the poor state of roads in the area contributed majorly to accidents, adding that the roads were in the state of utter disrepair.

She appealed to Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Zakari Dobi to come to the aid of the residents.

“The chairman should proffer solution to the bad roads in the council; several cars are damaged on daily basis as a result of the bad roads.

“The roads are even worst now that the rain is much, the roads need to be put in good shape for the benefit of the electorate,’’ she said.

Mr Bello Mohammed, a resident of Old Kutunku said that the residents were not in any way enjoying the dividend of democracy they voted for.

He said that good roads as basic infrastructure was not being enjoyed in Gwagwalada as virtually all the roads were disrepair.

“I spend a lot of money to put my car in good shape; this has resulted in going to work on public transport.

“I cannot continue spending all my salary on car repairs, I have resolved to join public transport until after the rainy season when the roads will be manageable,’’ he said.

Mrs Comfort Odega, a business woman, said the bad roads also contributed to high cost of some commodity, especially perishable goods.

She said that as a result of the bad roads, she paid more to take her goods to the market and some of the goods got spoilt before getting to the market.

“We spend so much on transportation at this period because the roads are terribly bad and sometimes the car will breakdown and you need more money to convey your goods.

“The council chairman should do something about these roads; we spend almost all our profit on transportation, this also contributes to why some good are expensive,’’ she said.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Gwagwalada Area Council, Mr Usman Babalado said that the council had commenced the rehabilitation of some roads.

“We are one year and three months in office, when we came into office we met the condition of dilapidated roads in the council area.

“When we came on board, we were able to complete and commission the one-way road leading to the market.

“Also, the Demonstration School Road is under construction and it will be completed soon.’’

Babalado explained that the council consisted of 10 wards and all the wards needed attention, adding that the chairman was doing all within his capacity to attend to all.