The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Taraba Government had mobilised contractors that would rehabilitate a portion of the almost cut-off road at Likitaba, linking Ngoroje to Gembu, which harbours the Mambilla Hydro Electric Power project.
Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba told newsmen on Friday that the governor had taken steps to prevent the eminent danger posed by the landslide.
Mijinyawa said that though the affected area was a Federal Government road, the state government had to intervene given its economic importance to the state and the nation.
“Gov. Ishaku has to quickly intervene in order to prevent the road from going into a complete deplorable state given the economic importance of the Mambilla plateau to the state and the nation.
“Waiting on the Federal Government will lead to further damage to the road and bring more sufferings to the its users and the entire people of the Mambilla plateau,” he said.
A correspondent of The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that visited the site observed that the contractors had begun to construct embankments that would put a stop to the landslide.
Mr Nuriggine Zreoure, Site Engineer, PW Construction Company Limited, told NAN that the landslide was caused by an earth dam located around the area.
Zreoure explained that the landslide started 50 metres away from the road before it gradually began to affect it.
He said that his workers had dug and sand filled the slope caused by the landslide to guide against future recurrence.
According to him, work on the affected portion of the road which spanned about 100 metres in length will be completed by Nov. 30.
Reacting to the development, Alhaji Hassan Aliyu, the Vice -Chairman of Sardauna Local Government Council, said the portion was becoming a death trap for the people of the area.
He called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the Mambilla Hydro Electric Power dam in order to light up Nigeria and create jobs for the youths.
Alhaji Jouro Umar, the village head of Likitaba community said three vehicles had accidents at the affected portion before the commencement of the repairs.
He commended the governor for his quick intervention to rescue the people from the danger posed by the landslide along the road. (NAN)