Abandoned Roads: An Open Letter to Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

Your Excellency Sir, #governor_of_plateau!

It is my sincere hope and prayers that you are fine and doing well to keep Plateau peaceful and prosperous. May Allah continue to guide and be with you in the discharge of your responsibility to the good of Plateau People.

Your Excellency Sir, you would recall some about four years ago you awarded road contracts in about twenty four communities across the state with every LGA fully considered.

Since the days of late Barr. Solomon Lar, no one on the plateau has made such attempt to touch the lives of the rural neglected majorities on the Plateau as you intended to do. The roads contracts were received with serious jubilation, merriment and prayers.

In Kanam LGA, the road contract is to link Dengi the headquarters of Kanam with about five federal electoral wards namely; Dugub, Gagdi, Munbutbo, Kantana and Kanam respectively. Work started in earnest and people were so proud of the administration.

Before 2019 general election, work stopped at the site of the project. Since then, the condition of the road has been deteriorating on daily basis. The situation at the moment is quite very traumatic as the whole areas mentioned above are completely cut up. No car can fly the road right now as I write this letter to you. Movement is completely affected as only motorcycles flys the road.

There are about seven scenes on the road where complete cut up was recorded as could be seen in the attached short video. The situation is so pathetic as a pregnant woman could not be moved to access advance medical attention in Dengi town yesterday as the result of the cut up. Imagine the kind of pains she passes through!

Your Excellency Sir, we are aware of the numerous challenges facing government, however, your are please requested to;

1. Send a team to visit the area to ascertain the level of destruction on the road and it’s attendance effects on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who depends on it.

2. Work out remedial measures to help the communities get connected to Dengi the headquarters of Kanam LGA. People of these areas can not access some basic things of life because of the cut up since movement of goods and services is hampered.

3. Help mobilize the contractor back to site for the purpose of fulfilling your administration’s determination to transform the rural Plateau State.

I have no doubt in me that this letter would reach you. I am also very much confident that you will graciously do something to address the plights of our people who are the worst affected by the cut up.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully

*ND Shehu Kanam, Community and Rural Development Advocate writing from Kwalmiya, the headquarters of Kanam Federal Ward and Kanam District.*

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