Outrage over misspellings in names of towns, villages along Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road

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Incorrect spelling of names of towns and villages along Kaduna–Zaria–Kano Expressway has been generating outrage from the local communities and some dissident passers-by.

DAILY NIGERIAN observed that the road signage wrongly spell names of towns and villages along the express-way thereby conveying wrong messages to motorists on the Highway.

For instance, Lamban Zango town was erroneously spelt as Lamba Sango; Kwanan Fara Kwai was spelt as Parako Corner and Kamfanin Zango was spelt as Company Sango among others.

An apparently dissident Kaduna resident, Birmah Ali Sama’ila, took to his Facebook page to register his disappointment over the anomaly, saying: “I am disappointed in this insensitive contractor who gives no fucking hood to the cultural values of the Northern people.

“How on earth could such a person write such signs without proper liaison with the local communities?

“This must be removed and corrected with immediate effect and alacrity. The contractor must work with the locals to get the correct names and spellings,” he emphasised.

Another commentator, Umar Abubakar, also a Kaduna resident, posited that the error occurred largely because the contractor was only interested in the funds he would generate out of the project, not the service rendered.

According to him, the contractor should have taken his time to liaise with the communities to get the appropriate names and spellings to avoid this embarrassment.

“The contractor is only interested in the funds he will generate but if it is primary school teachers now the story would have been different.

“To the best of my knowledge all contracts are documented with specification and the names are indicated so where can the contractor get the names if not from the contract agreement? It baffles me,” he lamented.

Reacting, however, the Commissioner of the Kaduna State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport, Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa, in a statement, said the contract was not awarded by the state government but was, however, liaising with the federal ministry of power, works and housing with a view to effecting the correction.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the contract for installing that road signage was not issued by the Kaduna State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport but rather by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Abuja.

“Also, neither the Kaduna State Ministry of Works nor its Agencies or any Kaduna State Agency are supervising or monitoring the road signage project.

“However, efforts are being made by the Kaduna State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to make representation to the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing with a view to effecting correction and avoid mistakes in the remaining ones,” she said.