11 March 2021 by from James Itodo.
The Senate wants the Federal Government to embark on urgent rehabilitation of Shintaku-Anyigba road in Kogi East Senatorial district.
The resolution followed a motion moved by Senator Isah Jibrin representing Kogi East .
Senator Jibrin, lamented the neglect of Shintaku-Anyigba road for many years despite its economic and agricultural benefits to the people as it takes only 55 minutes to move agricultural produce from Anyigba to Lokoja.
According to him, the deplorable condition of the road had badly affected water transportation activities in the River Niger, particularly around the confluence.
The lawmaker explained that the population of citizens along Shintaku-Anyigba road route is about 1,200,000 with major commercial activities in major towns along the route which provides employment opportunities for many with the attendant reduction in crime rate in the town.
He further identified the deplorable condition of the road as catalyst for crimes as no day passes without reports of armed robbery and kidnapping on the route.
“Concerned that the deplorable condition of the road now provides a safe haven for criminals, as.cases of armed robbery and kidnapping are being reported along the route almost on a daily basis.
“Convinced that there is an urgent need for the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to embark on immediate maintenance of the Shintaku-Anyigba road to boost economic activities, facilitate transportation of farm produce and reduce crimes in the axis.”