The Nigerian Senate has passionately urged the Federal Government to ensure the inclusion of the North East road in the ‘Renewed Hope Legacy Road Infrastructure Projects’.

This call comes as the North East region, despite its paramount economic significance, was the only zone left out of the six geopolitical zones targeted for development.

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Senator Danjuma Goje, representing the Gombe Central Senatorial District and a former governor, sponsored a motion in the Senate to address this exclusion.

Expressing deep concern, he highlighted the anxiety felt by the people of the North East after the Federal Ministry of Works announced the legacy road infrastructure project without any provision for their region.

The Senate resolution underscored the importance of including the North East in the legacy projects. It emphasized that the North East’s integration into the country’s infrastructure development plans would contribute significantly to the realization of Nigeria’s vision to become the largest economy in Africa.

The legacy projects, were praised for their potential to interconnect the nation, foster national unity, and drive socio-economic growth.

However, the exclusion of the North East from these projects has raised considerable concerns and sparked demands for inclusion.

Senator Goje specifically mentioned the states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe, whose interconnected roads were omitted from the plans. He pleaded for their consideration in the interest of the nation’s overall development.

Senator Diket Plang, representing Plateau Central Senatorial District, seconded the motion and highlighted the dire state of road infrastructure in the North Central, which is closely linked to the North East.

He called attention to the road from Akwanga to Jos to Gombe to Adamawa, approved for construction by the Federal Executive Council in 2018 but yet to see any progress.

Senator Solomon Lalong, representing Plateau South Senatorial District, echoed support for the motion, emphasizing the significance of the road project to all Nigerians. He urged fellow Senators to unite and advocate for the inclusion of the North East in the legacy projects.

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, commended Senator Danjuma Goje for his motion, which aligns with the interests of the people.

He endorsed the prayer for the North East road to be included in the legacy projects of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

It is evident that the call for inclusive development and the inclusion of the North East in the legacy road projects has gained significant support within the Senate.

This motion highlights the importance of equitable infrastructure development and the need to address the concerns of underserved regions for the overall progress of the nation.