Benue State and road network

Stories 26/03/2013 by Akaafele

Written by Anwo Iordepuun Godfrey

One giant stride taken by the present administration in Benue State is the rehabilitation and construction of trunk B roads often called “State Roads”. This is one good thing that can be associated with this administration and everyone who knows the terrain of the state will admit to this fact.

Those plying the roads through Benue State have often resorted to the state roads because of the bad state of the so-called federal highway. The good condition of our trunk B roads has lessened the gravity of insults the federal government would have received from road users and many wonder what the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) is doing to alleviate the suffering of the poor masses who have become vulnerable to road mishaps.

Apart from rehabilitation of existing state roads, the present administration has constructed several other road networks across the state to ease movement within the state. This development cuts across the three senatorial zones of the state. I was recently in Zone C and I overheard some Idomas saying Governor Suswan is a governor for the Idoma people. Little did they realize that a governor is supposed to cater for the needs of everyone in the state irrespective of tribe, social status, religion or age.

I am of the opinion that the state should also set up an agency that would be responsible for maintenance of state roads like it is in Taraba State where there is Taraba State Road Construction and Maintenance Agency (TARCMA). Benue State no doubt has one of the best road networks in the country but more needs to be done.

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