A Non-Governmental Organisation, Kano Future Group, has called on the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II and other business moguls to launch appeal fund for the rehabilitation of Kano-Zaria expressway.
It said in a statement that the road needs an urgent attention owing to the frequent accidents caused by potholes, which also make the road prone to robbery and other criminal activities.
“This road is now a nightmare for travelers. All travelers know it is a death trap as well as economic drain for motorist and their passengers.
“Having been in bad condition for a long time, with so many dangerous potholes, which on many occasions, led to fatal accidents, killing many travelers, the road is now close to being declared unsafe for traveling,” the group said.
The statement said in view of the number of influential people both in government and private sector, there is need for urgent intervention from them.
“It’s sad to note that in spite of the significant contribution of Kano State to the change administration, we are being neglected to a very great extent in terms of the provision of basic amenities and other infrastructural facilities.
“If the Federal Government, for reasons best known to it, failed to notice the importance of this road that warrants its immediate attention, then, the Kanawa and their sympathizers can put heads together to wipe away their tears.
“The State Government and Emirate Council can work hand in hand to launch something like Kano-Zaria Express Way Rehabilitation Fund, where all Kanawa will be called upon to contribute for the actualization of this project.
“Similarly, manufacturing, transportation, oil and other companies especially those that use the road frequently to convey raw materials or finished goods to their industries can also be carried along as part of their corporate social responsibility to the host state,” said the group.
As Kano is known for its business opportunities, the group added, the rehabilitation of the road would also better support traders and businesses, apart from saving lives.
“We hereby reiterate call on government, well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to please do everything possible to see the end of this carnage on this road,” the statement added.