Keen to receive the Acting President Yemi Osinbanjo in Taraba State on Thursday, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku at the weekend flagged off the construction of Wukari-Tsokundi road in the ancient Wukari local government area.
The 30-kilometre road contract, awarded to a Chinese firm, Wiz China Worldwide Limited, costs N5.8 billion and is expected to be completed in 12 months.
Wukari-Tsokundi road flagging comes 12 days ago after the 20-kilometre Lacheke/Pantisawa road was flagged off in Yorro local government area at the cost of N6.3 billion.
During his visit, the acting president will commission the multi-billion Green House project and the Kona-Lau road, among other capital intensive projects, Ishaku said.
The Green House has been a huge investment in agriculture in respect to President Buhari’s quest that the nation’s oil driven economy be diversified, particularly to agriculture.
The new roads are to open up the rural areas for villagers to be conveying their farm produce to the markets
Speaking in Wukari, Ishaku said the projects are a fulfillment of his promise to Taraba people during his election campaign in 2015.
Ishaku reiterated his administration’s commitment towards rescuing the State from its economic backwardness, pointing out that the provision of roads across the State becomes imperative to achieve the set goals of his administration.
Road network, agriculture, water and power supply are his top priorities in turning around the fortunes of the state, he said.
Commissioner of Works Tafarki Agbadu Eneme said the roads are not only meant to enhance the movement of people but a deliberate effort by the Ishaku administration to remove Taraba from stagnation, for development.
Eneme disclosed that the Taraba State government has also spent N11.4 billion on the Bali-Serti-Gembu road, though a federal project.
Ishaku appealed to the people to give his administration “peace, maximum support and cooperation” to serve them better.
“As I had promised, my administration is going to do more,” he pledged.