By Martins Abochol, Jalingo.
The Taraba State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to reimburse the state the funds it has spent on the reconstruction of federal roads across the state.
The Commissioner for Works, Mr Irimiya Hammanjulde, made the appeal, while speaking to newsmen on Friday in Jalingo.
Hammanjulde said that the funds, if reimbursed, would be used for completion of ongoing road projects as well as execute other important projects in the state.
He listed some of the federal roads being reconstructed to include the Jalingo-Kona (Phase Two) road, the 115-kilometre Bali-Serti road, Takum Katsina Ala road, the 120-kilometre Takum Chanchanji road and the 82-kilometre Mararaban Baisa-Abong road.
The commissioner cited the dualism of 18-kilometre NYSC-Kpantinapu road, the extension of Nukkai Bridge as well as the construction of six pedestrian bridges and the Jalingo flyover as other federal road projects which were executed by the state government.
Hammanjulde said that the government intended to construct more street roads within the Jalingo metropolis but was hamstrung from doing so at the moment, owing to paucity of funds.
The commissioner faulted the re-award of contract for the rehabilitation of Bali Serti Gembu road by the Federal Government.
He explained that the state government had already completed the rehabilitation of the 115-kilometre Bali Serti road, while a segment of road was already open to traffic.
He however, commended the Federal Government for recently awarding contract for the rehabilitation of the Serti Gembu road, through the CBN funding.
“As you all know, the Federal Government re-awarded the Ball Serti Gembu road project, in which one segment of the road, that is Bali Serti, had been rehabilitated by the state government.
“We have already completed the Ball Serti part of the road, which is already being put to use already
“The governor had appealed to the Federal Government to rather refund funds that had been used in the execution of federal roads in the state.
“With the refund, the state can use the money to complete ongoing road projects and execute other life-touching projects in the state,” he said.