By Janet John, LAFIA
Stakeholders in Agbashi Community in Doma Local Government Area, have called the attention of Nasarawa state government to the 25 kilometres Idadu-Agbashi road project already captured in the state government’s 2021 budget, whose construction is yet to commence.
The stakeholders lamented that due to the current condition of the road, it has become a den of armed robbers, kidnappers and herdsmen whom have been unleashing mayhem on innocents commuters and travellers.
This is contained in a statement issued Thursday, signed by Prince Gambo Ogiri, Secretary General, Agbashi Development Association (ADA), Mr Donald Epoh, Chairman, Agbashi Youth Mobilisation Network (AYMN) and Mr Idakwo Benjamin Esewija, President, Agbashi Students Union (ASU) and made available to the press in Lafia.
According to the statement, an instance is the gruesome murder of a young graduate and ICT enterprenuer Kabiru Aminu Awashu on 23rd April 2021 in addition to an attack on the land officer Ekye Development Area Malam Audu Ali few days later and several other incidences, which they condemned in totality.
The statement reads that, “Members of the community are deeply concerned over the continuous delay in the construction of the road budgeted in the state government’s 2021 appropriation bill which has caused security and socio-economic woes on the community and its environs.
“Furthermore, the recent skirmishes between herdsmen and Tiv farmers in the area has equally worsened the situation, crippling human and vehicular activities on the road which is in dare need of government attention.
“The project if completed will not only open up the area but add value to the economic development of the state through agriculture and other socio-economic ventures,” they added.
The stakeholders, having noted the effort of the state government, under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Sule in tackling insecurity and linking communities across the state through road networks, appealed to the state government as a matter of urgency to award the contract for the 25 kilometres Idadu-Agbashi road project so work can commence.