Former lawmaker commends work on Billiri-Filiya-Taraba road

By Salisu Waziri, Taraba

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Work resumes at Billiri-Filiya-Taraba border Road, Gombe State

A former member House of Representatives, Binta Bello has showered accolades to the Nigerian Government and the contractor in charge of the construction of Billiri-Filiya-Taraba border Road for commencing work on the road.

The Billiri-Filiya-Taraba road is among the 10 roads construction approved by the Nigerian Federal Executive council under the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in 2018, to improve transportation infrastructure and restore the nation’s road network as part of implementation of government’s Economic Recovery and Growth plan.

The road project was awarded to Messrs Triacta Nigeria Limited at the tone of N14,048,396,236,88 with the completion period of 24 months.

Bello who spoke to newsmen immediately she confirmed the commencement of work on the road, said; ”the road project, when completed would link two bordering local government areas between Billiri-Filiya in Gombe State and Karim- Lau in Taraba State thereby making the transportation of goods and services easy and reduce the length of time commuters spend in Linking the two states.”

“In 13 July 2017 when I moved a motion for the inclusion of the reconstruction of Billiri-Filiya-Taraba border road project in the 2018 appropriation Budget at the House of Representatives, my colleague at the 8th Assembly then supported my motion now I am very excited that the construction of the Billiri-Filiya-Taraba border Road is becoming a reality,” she said.

Bello stressed that the two bordering state Gombe and Taraba would benefit from the road economically as goods and services can be transported within the shortest possible time, reducing the long distance and stress commuters go through using other roads.

Reacting to claims by some quoters that the road construction is an APC sponsored project, the former legislator explained that although she is no longer in power but before leaving she had ensured that the project was included in the 2018 appropriation bill and the contract awarded.

“After the motion I moved, I followed up with the Chairman House Committee on works who told me that he doesn’t have right on the ministry’s budget envelope of projects but if I wanted the road project to be included in the 2018 budget I would have to put it as my Capital project which I did, I put in N400 million of my capital project money into the project which is far above Ministerial Tender Board approval so it has to go to the Federal Executive council (FEC) for approval. Towards the end of the year 2018 the project was awarded and the contractor met me in person that he had gotten my job and pleaded that he couldn’t start because he had some works to finish at ‘Billiri Gada Biu’ when he is done he would resume to my work.

”Just three weeks ago he confided in me that he has been mobilised and resumed work on the road so I sent people to confirm which they did,” she explained.

Continuation of the project
She stressed that even though she was no longer Representing the constituency at House of Representatives she still want the project to continue for the good of the people and urged the contractor to deliver a quality job in the shortest time possible.

“My wish now is that the present leadership of the house will continue to push for this project to be completed,” the former lawmaker stated.

Voice of Nigeria reports that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), had inspected some facilities estimated to cost N306 million in Filiya, Shongom Local Government Area of Gombe State, covering health and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The project was sponsored by the former legislator, representing Kaltungo/Shongom Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Binta Bello.

Binta Bello had Represented Kaltungo/Shongom Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives in 7th and 8th Assembly and lost out during the 2019 election where she contested for the Senate seat of the constituency.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere