Flyover: Residents Groan Over Road Closure

Following the commencement of works by the contractor handling the British-American interchange flyover road project, Motorists, Pedestrian and residents of Jos metropolis are groaning over the hardship being faced as a result of the roads closure .

Most of the people who are plying the road on a daily basis to Terminus Market and the Centre for Continuing Education, wondered why a contractor will closed down the entire double lane thereby causing untold hardship to road users.

Speaking to our correspondent in Jos a public affairs commentator Mr. Charles Dickson said the experience is so bad pointing out that in as much as they want to see development , massive infrastructures like roads and many others, the fact is that when you want to embark on this kind of project, there is one thing the State Government has failed to do.

He explained that they were supposed to have a town hall meeting or bring the stakeholders who live around that Community for conversation adding that, that did not happened . According to him, no one is an epitome of knowledge.

Dickson further stressed that by the time a meeting of stakeholders is held , you can now have disruption of traffic or vehicular movements in phases , not a total closure. They have closed the entire road and put people in a very difficult situation.

Similarly a resident of Jos Mr. Ukandy Odey said he is questioning the integrity of the contractor. He added that if the contractor is qualified and competent, what they would have done was to creat a diversion instead of total blockage.

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“We saw during the construction of Gada-biu and Secretariat junction over head bridges during the administration of former Governor Jonah Jang. The contractors created diversion. So the total road blockage completely give me reasons to say the contractor is substandard.”

For Isah Ahmadu who operate buse services from Bukuru to Jos metropolis told our correspondent that the total blockage of road has brought hardship most especially as they were made to pass through a long distance before reaching their destination. He appeal to the State Government and the contractor to ensure works on the road is completed as scheduled to alleviate the suffering of the people.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Information and Communication Hon. Dan Manjang when contacted to comment on the issue of compensation to property owners
said, he knows that there were a compensation committee that was set up or put in place by the State Government.

He argued that if compensation was not paid to property owners, do you think anybody will allowed his or her property to be pulled down?, He asked.

Danmanjang further said the State Government had earlier announced alternative routes for Motorists to get to their destinations.

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