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Senator Kawu Mourns Victims Of Wudil Auto Accident

Senator Sulaiman Sumaila Kawu has sympathised with the families of the 11 persons who lost their lives in an auto crash along the Kano-Maiduguri federal highway on Friday.

In a statement he signed, Senator Kawu expressed grief over the demise of the 11 people, regretting that the Kano-Maiduguri road has remained a death trap to many road users.

Sunday Telegraph recalls that the over 550-kilometre dualization project was awarded by the Federal Government at the end of the second tenure of the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Speaking on the tragic incident, Kawu noted that the importance of this road to the Nigerian economy could not be over empathised as the international linked Nigeria with Chad Republic, Cameroon, Niger Republic and Central Africa, thereby boosting businesses among the affected countries.

He also said that the road which also connected Kano with Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe and Borno states, is playing a great role in the economic activities of the states, lamenting however, that despite its importance, the road had claimed several lives due to non-completion of the project.

He said that, for almost 17 years since the award of the project, a portion of the road particularly from Wudil to Gaya had not been completed.

He said it was regrettable that although over 50 kilometres of the portion of the road had been completed, a distance of fewer than 30 kilometres of the portion had not been completed, thereby, causing accidents among motorists.

Sumaila regretted that the non-completion of the project had compelled traders from within Nigeria and the neighbouring countries to divert their businesses to other states than Kano.

“Apart from cases of accident, armed robbery has been taking place on this road for several years. I have personally complained to the relevant authorities, yet, the problem persists,” he said.

“It is very sad that the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the contractor handling the project have failed to complete this project despite the allocation of a huge amount of money in the budget. I will continue to pursue the completion of this road,” he said.

The lawmaker lamented “This is the reason why we are fighting for fairness in the budgetary allocations to the six geopolitical zones, but some people for their selfish interests are kicking against our moves.

“With enough budgetary allocations to the geopolitical zones, this kind of project would have been finished in time. It is our duty as members of the National Assembly to channel the plights and yearnings of our constituents to the executive arm of government in order to do the right thing to improve their well-being.

“And one of the surest ways to achieve that is to ensure fairness and equality in budgetary allocations. This is the only way projects that have a direct bearing on the lives of the common man will be executed. Kano-Maiduguri is one of the roles that is playing significant roles in the wellbeing of many Nigerians, therefore, the federal government should not joke with it.”

He, therefore, appealed to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the contractor handling the project to ensure the completion of the road in order to save the lives of the people.

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