By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has called on the Federal Government to see the need to take over the construction of the Awe – Tunga road and the Kwandere – Keffi road embarked upon by the Nasarawa State Government due to their importance to the State and the nation at large.
Governor Almakura made the call as he received the Senate Committee on Works led by Senator Kabiru Gaya who were in the state for an oversight visit and inspection of Federal Government projects and roads at the Government House Lafia.
The Governor Stated that the two roads would be the watershed for development in Nasarawa State, as well as benefit other states, stating that other communities around other states ,would utilize the Awe – Tunda Road while the Keffi – Kwandere road would shave over an hour journey from Lafia to Abuja and as well as serve the Lafia Airport under construction .
Gov. Almakura described the Senate Committee on Works as one of the hardest working committees and a great partner in progress of Nigeria as it works towards providing for the need for basic infrastructure which starts and ends with availability of roads.
He informed the Committee that before his coming to the helm of affairs in the 2011 there were no asphalt t roads apart from the Federal Roads , informing them that he constructed over 200 kilometer of asphalt, ensuring that each Local Government received 3kilometers of township roads.
He explained some federal roads that were not delivering the right type of dividends due to the failure of the structures like the Toto –Nasarawa Road and Lafia – Shendam road with hope they would add their voice to the calls for the rehabilitation of the roads which were in very bad shape and given hoodlums a field day.
Speaking earlier, The Committee Chairman Sen. Kabiru Gaya commended Gov. Almakura for the massive work and beautification of Nasarawa state.
Explaining that they were impressed with his commitment to infrastructure.
Senator Gaya explained that one of the major things they do was to carry out assessment and make recommendations on projects and promised that they would do what they could to ensure that Nasarawa State was reimbursed for the work done on federal roads within the state.
The Committee led by Gov. Almakura and His Deputy then visited the Keffi – Kwandere Road which was 25% completed , as well as the Tudun Kauri massive storm drains constructed by the Nasarawa State Government.
Visiting Members of Senate Committee on Works include, Sen. Kabiru Gaya Chairman Senate Committee on Works, Sen. Barnabas Chairman Senate Committee on Housing, Sen. Clifford Ordia Vice Chairman, Sen. Biodun Ohijinumu and Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa.