Some residents of Uke, a suburb of Masaka in Nasarawa State, have urged the Federal Government to help in repairing damaged parts of the Abuja-Keffi highway.
The residents, who spoke in separate interviews with newsmen in Abuja, said that the call became necessary following a recent accident involving an articulated vehicle on the road.
The vehicle, carrying bags of beans, was reported to have fallen on the road on midnight Sunday.
Eyewitnesses said that it lost control as a result of the bad road, result in injury to four persons, including the driver.
Mr Shedrack Musa, a resident of the area therefore, urged Federal Government to assess the state of the road and fix the damaged areas.
Musa said that several attempts had been made by residents of the community for temporary effort to put the road in “good shape”, but the community could not afford the cost.
‘’This community for more than three times has been repairing this road, using cement and gravels.
‘’We did that about two years back but because of the traffic on the road, whenever we repair it, the road gets bad again within a short period.
‘’Whatever we are doing here is just a temporary measure; there is nothing we can do, unless the government steps in.
He reiterated that there had been several accidents on the road, saying ”this a very busy road, surrounded by water.
Mr Ajah Agakwu, another resident, attributed the cause of the damaged portion to lack of drainage system, adding that they had tried all they could to repair the road with communual efforts.
Mrs Rebecca Friday, a house wife, said that fixing the road would not only save the lives of motorists, it would give the residents, who were always worried, a peace of mind.