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Senate urges speedy action on Shintaku–Anyigba road

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The Senate has urged the Presidency to expedite action on rehabilitation of Shintaku–Anyigba road in Kogi State.

The upper chamber’s resolution was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Jibrin Isah (APC, Kogi East).

Isah, in his lead motion, lamented neglect of the road by successive administrations, despite its economic and agricultural importance to the people.

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According to him, the deplorable condition of the road badly affected water transportation in the River Niger, particularly around the confluence.

He said: “Note that the Shintaku–Anyigba road is boosted by the Lokoja–Shintaku waterway, which takes about 20 minutes by ferry from Lokoja to Shintaku and about 40 minutes from Shintaku to Anyigba, making a total of about 55 minutes from Lokoja to Anyigba in Kogi East Senatorial district.

“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 provide employment opportunities for many, with the attendant reduction in crime rate.”

The lawmaker further identified the deplorable condition of the road as trigger for crimes, saying no day passed without reports of armed robbery and kidnapping on the route.

After Senator Sadiq Mohammed seconded the motion, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred it to the Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency, and to report back in three weeks’ time.

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