Al-Makura appeals to federal govt to expand Keffi-Karu Road
Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura has called on the federal government to rehabilitate and expand the Karu-Keffi dual carriage road to five lanes on each side to reduce the hardship faced by road users along that axis. The governor made the call when he inspected the road on Sunday.
Karu-Keffi road is a federal road and the only major link between Nasarawa State and federal capital territory as well as a gateway to many states.
It is of high economic importance as goods and services are moved through it to other parts of the country.
On an unscheduled visit to Karu axis of the road, Governor Almakura, who described the heavy traffic experience on the road as very disturbing and requiring urgent action, called on the federal government to intervene in order to boost the economic potential of the place.
Al – Makura revealed that assessment had shown that the road is about 30 metres wide which is enough for expansion to five lanes and set backs that could be used as walk way.
He added that his government would open discussion with the federal government on how to fast track the expansion within the shortest possible time.
Similarly the governor said that his administration would provide basic infrastructure at the popular peninsula area in Nyanya Gwandara area of Karu local government area, which covers about one thousand hectares of land.
Governor Al-makura said that the state government would provide water, electricity, roads and sewage system to help in developing the area for efficient development.
He said that individuals and organisations that were allocated plots of land would be given right of first refusal before government would take decision on what to do with the land.
Al – Makura explained that the alloteess would be charged for the infrastructural development and other amenities provided before handing over the land.
The governor has also commiserated with the Baptist Church community in Nasarawa State over the fire incidence that led to the death of two students in Baptist High School, Marke, Kokona local government area.
Al-Makura urged parents and the Baptist community to take heart and pray to God to prevent future occurrence of such incidence.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Ahmed Tukur, he also prayed for the quick recovery of those who suffered different degrees of injury as a result of the unfortunate incident.
The governor donated one million Naira to the school to assist in the rehabilitation of the hostel that was gutted by fire.
He applauded the Baptist Nation for their support in providing quality education and said that his administration would continue to identify and assist institutions that provided quality service that would benefit communities in the state.