Taraba State Gov Blasts Fashola Over Federal Roads
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba state has accused the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola of frustrating his efforts to rebuild collapsed bridges on federal highways in the state.
Ishaku made the accusation on Sunday, September 24th shortly after returning from Bauchi where he was screened and cleared to contest the governorship primaries of his party, under the People's Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of 2019 general elections.
While reacting to a question from journalists on his efforts in fixing the collapsed bridges which may soon cut off the people of Taraba from the rest of the country, Ishaku said he had written severally to the Minister of Works for clearance to rebuild the bridges, without any response.
"I wrote the Minister of Works for a permission to rebuild the three collapse bridges along the Wukari - Jalingo highway, but he refused to give me permission, instead he brought a contractor which I don't think is competent to handle the job.
"Now that we are talking the bridge linking Chanchangi to Takum along the Wukari Takum road has been washed off. I wrote the Minister and even tried to call him, but he didn't pick.
"We are ready to work. We have billions of naira that are been starched with the federal government on the federal roads we have constructed and the Minister himself was here, he assessed the roads and praised the quality of work done and promised refund of our money, It's over one year and six months, nothing has been done about it.
"We have been sponsoring the Gembu road since 2007 and if not for our intervention, nobody would have access to the Mambilla Plateau, the proposed site for the hydro power project, so, ask the Minister of works why he is frustrating us?" he queried.
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