BY CHRIS OCHAYI, Abuja
THE Christmas and New Year celebrations have come and gone but the harrowing and excruciating pains experienced by the motorists and other users of the Abuja-Lokoja highway will ever remain indelible.
The story of the Abuja-Lokoja road is pathetic, even as hope of rescuing it from its present deteriorating situation remains a mirage. Worst still, is the near failure of contracts for the dualisation of the highway project.
The 196 kilometres highway is one of the most critical roads in the country, being the major link between the North and South for the movement of people, goods through vehicular transportation.
The road is also very significant to the survival of the nation because it boosts economic activities in the country.
It links the entire southern Nigeria to Abuja, the seat of the power, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and to the rest of the northern states and therefore, one of the busiest roads in Nigeria today.
The single lane highway shares similar characteristics with most other road networks in the country as it lacks maintenance and adequate care by the Federal Government. Abuja-Lokoja road is extremely too narrow for a link between the North and the South.