Borno State legislators in the National Assembly on Tuesday complained about the infrastructure deficit in the state in their meeting with the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
The Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, who addressed reporters after the meeting, called on the Federal Government to urgently rehabilitate major roads in the state.
Ndume said the call became necessary following the harrowing experiences of drivers and passengers on the dilapidated roads.
He lamented that work had yet to start on Biu-Gombe road, Biu-Maiduguri road, Biu-Damaturu road, Biu-Gombi road, Bama-Gwoza-Mubi road and Gwoza-Damboa-Buni Yadi road, which were captured in previous budgets and consequently awarded.
According to Ndume, no serious work is being done on those roads and that a journey that should ordinarily take one and a half hours now takes more than six hours.
He said apart from the stress, most of the roads now posed security risks for travellers.
According to the lawmaker, kidnappers usually take advantage of drivers slowing down to avoid the potholes in the roads to carry out criminal activities.
Ndume said, “I met the minister in company with other lawmakers from our state to let him know what our people are going through.
“We came to beg the minister to intervene and take the hardship away from the people and from our discussion with him, we hope that work will commence on those roads.
“There is only one connecting road that is motorable. From Maiduguri to Biu is 186km, which is about one and a half hours, but because of the insurgency the road is completely closed. So, to drive on that road now takes a minimum of six hours.
“The sad story is that the road from Biu to Buni Yadi is so bad. The road leads to the Sambisa Forest, and if anyone should travel there, the person has to slow down and you know what that means.
“The only road we started using last week is Biu-Potiskum-Damaturu road. So, as we speak, Maiduguri is locked. The only exit is through Borno South and that is not good at all, considering the traffic in that area.”