A cross section of residents of Yola, the Adamawa State capital have criticized the contract for the construction of flyovers in the state capital saying it is not their need.
The residents were reacting to the approval of funds by the State Executive Council (SEC) for the construction of two flyovers in the state capital by the Fintiri led administration which will gulp billions of Naira.
According to a statement by the press secretary to the office of the Deputy Governor, George Kushi on Thursday, “The Adamawa State Executive Council has approved the sum of 18,603,779,279.015 Naira for the construction of 2 fly overs and some township roads”.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has shortly after his emergence as the governor of Adamawa State told the people that his administration has awarded the construction of flyovers at police and total roundabouts in the state capital.
The residents said a responsive government should give priority to the basic concerns of the people, otherwise, it stand to lose their approval, adding that before embarking on such a huge capital project, the government should have sought the input of the larger populace not just to go on spending spree based on impulse.
A resident of Jambutu, Malam Bello Sani said right now the major expectation of the people from the government is to address the perennial flooding ravaging many areas, not the construction of flyovers that will only serve the interest of the governor.
“Our houses are always submerged by huge water whenever it rained, we have since last year appealed on the government to come to our rescue only to learn that it is constructing flyovers that will not serve us any purpose,” he said.
A resident of Anguwar Magaji in Yola, Malam Saidu Liman, who expressed dismay over the development said, Yola don’t have the traffic density to warrant such project for now adding that the governor should instead, construct another road from Jimeta to Yola as a legacy project.
“What the people are yearning for years is to have a government that will fulfill the prolong aspiration of having a second link road between Yola and Jimeta.
“Governor Bindow said he will do it but despite constructing many roads he failed to construct the road. We thought Fintiri will have the foresight to do such a monumental project that will have earned him a general applause but instead, he is embarking on a wild goose chase,” he said.
Another resident of Jimeta, Gidado Mohammed said he was surprised that governor Fintiri has taken a detour from his campaign promise of putting solid empowerment programmes but instead ended up shortchanging the people.
“I voted Fintiri because of his promise to institute empowerment programmes to alleviate poverty but unfortunately he is now doing as he wished after getting our mandate.
“The people have been ravaged by unprecedented poverty in the wake of COVID-19 but to my knowledge no palliative comes their way only for them to learn that the government will spend billions of Naira to construct two flyovers. What a misplacement of priority?” he enthused.
Also reacting, Malam Manu Gombe, a newspaper vendor, said, a number of communities in the state capital including Saminaka, Wuro Jabbe, Rumde Baru and Bachure are usually submerged by flash flood whenever it rained urging the government to instead alleviate the sufferings of these communities.
He also said a number of communities in the state capital are suffering from insecurity, water shortage and other vital needs advising the governor to resolve these concerns in order to get the approval of the people instead of spending billions of Naira on frivolous projects.
Efforts to get the comments of the state’s Commissioner of information and strategy, Dr Garba Umar Pella proved abortive as he didn’t respond to calls and message sent to him.