WHY IS THE GOMBE-BIU-MUBI ROAD NEGLECTED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?
Adamawa North and Borno South senatorial districts are the most neglected region in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
My premise is based on the fact that despite repeated appeals which have been graciously published in most of the national newspapers, the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road has yet remained a death trap.
My last letter of appeal about this road was in December 2010. It is true that since that letter, some sections of the road in Gombe State and some sections in Adamawa State have been patched by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA). But the whole of the part of the road in Southern Borno has been neglected totally as well as the section between Mubi Town and Hong Town in Adamawa State.
What is amazing about the whole issue is the fact that virtually every week, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approves contract for the award of construction, rehabilitation, dualisation and re-surfacing of other roads nationwide but no mention has ever been made of the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road!
From Gombe to Biu is approximately 129 Kilometers, which should ordinarily take a motorist speeding at 100Km/h about one and half hours. But most road users of that road spend about four to five hours simply because of the many pot-holes on it. In fact some of the sections of the road are washed away. In the same vein, from Biu to Gombi is approximately 76 kilometers. This should take an average motorist just one hour at 100Km/h. But because of the bad nature of the road, it takes a motorist about three hours to ply it.
The Gombe-Biu-Mubi road is approximately 200Km. At the World Bank standard of about six million naira (N6, 000,000) for a standard road construction, all that is needed to rehabilitate the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road is just 1.2 billion naira.
Considering the fact that Mubi is the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State while Biu is the largest town in Southern Borno, expending 1.2 billion naira on the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road is justifiable.
I also believe that by rehabilitating the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road it will be a source of employment for many teaming youths in that region that may be tempted to join the Boko Haram insurgence.
Secondly the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road is the only road servicing 14 local governments in Northern Adamawa and Southern Borno States.
The local governments being serviced by the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road are; Bayo, Kwaya Kusar, Biu, Hawul, Askira/Uba, Chibok and Gombi. Others are Song, Mubi North, Mubi South, Maiha, Madagali and Michika.
The members representing the above local governments in the national assembly should as a matter of urgent public importance appeal to the President of the Federal Republic to consider the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road for rehabilitation during the next Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
It is also important to make it known that this region is the food basket of the North Eastern Nigeria as people from all over the nation come to Michika Town for grains on market days. Mubi Town is well known for its cattle market in the West and Central Africa sub-region in addition to being home to the Adamawa State University and a Federal Polytechnic.
Dear Mr. President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, please come to our aid and rehabilitate the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road. After all we are stake holders in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
When this road is rehabilitated, the politicians will find it handy and useful for their campaign in 2015.
Thanking you in advance our listening President.
Please rehabilitate the Gombe-Biu-Mubi road. Posterity will have it that this road that has been neglected since it was constructed in 1962, was rehabilitated for the first time in over 50 years during your presidency.
God Bless Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Written By Iliya Yame Kwache