Residents of kurmi Local Government Area of Taraba State have complained the terrible road conditions and slow pace of road construction describing the condition as living in bondage.
The residents who narrated their ordeal to Pointers Radio in a telephone interview lamented that the conditions of the major road of Tanidoro from Mararaba to Baissa in Kurmi LGA has made life unbearable for them. Mr. Emmanuel David one of the residents of Mararaba a community in Kurmi LGA noted that the raining seasons have further worsened the deplorable road conditions there by coursing more hardship for the people.
According to Mr David, “Honestly this road situation is very worrisome because when it rains life becomes like living in bondage, people find it very difficult to ply that road, even though as we speak the contract has been awarded to three different companies but the level of work on those roads are rated poor, in fact two of the contractors are no longer on site some said they have not been mobilized other said it is because of the rains, but no reason has been given as why they have left the site and we are left to suffer more” he lamented.
Mr David further explained that during the Covid-19 lockdown period, most shops and markets in the communities ran out of essential goods because there was no road to bring in those goods and services in those communities as the rains has worsened the road.
Pointers Radio gathered that, the major spot that has become a nightmare for the people is in Tanidoro from Mararaba to Baissa people spend three to four hours before the can cross that spot. A journey that was supposed to last for just few minutes now turn last for hours,
He further said, “You cannot use the car as it should be used rather have to push it through the waters to avoid water entering into the car engine, although the government said the reason they awarded the contract to three companies was to get the project finished on time but the present pace of work is very slow I don’t think the will finish anytime soon” he said.
Residents are calling on the state government to come to their aids by ensuring the contractors resume work at the site. All attempts to speak to the Taraba state Commissioner for works on the project was not successful as a visit to his office in Jalingo revealed that he was ill and indisposed. Although Voice of Nigeria a major news outlet has reports that the Taraba state government lamented the deplorable roads conditions of the state and have spent billions of naira to fix both the state and the Federal roads without receiving refund from the Federal Government yet.
Kurmi local government Area which shares border with the Republic of Cameroon on the south is richly blessed with fertile soil which grows a number of cash crops and food crops such as Bananas, Plantains, Rice, Groundnuts, Oranges, Palm trees, Cocoyam and Cocoa. Others include Maize, Guinea Timber corn and Sesame.