In this investigation, Daily Trust on Sunday unravels sharp practices in multi-million naira constituency road projects in two Sokoto rural communities, allegedly abandoned since 2019.
Olu Maifachi sits on a mat, meters away from his vulcanizing shop, and stares at the distance as his working equipment floats in a pool of water that had occupied his shop. It’s been hours since the community witnessed a heavy downpour and shop owners like Maifachi would have to wait a long time for the water to recede before they can resume work.
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The 55-year-old’s shop is a few meters away from the edge, where a tall signpost stands as evidence of a road construction contract that appears to have since been abandoned at the eastern by-pass of Manna-Babba community in Sokoto South Local Government Area.
“I have been waiting here for over five hours, expecting the flood that has occupied my shop to dry up so I can continue my work,” the vulcanizer told our correspondent while pausing to chew a piece of kola-nut as he asked an apprentice to pass a deflated tyre to him.
Maifachi lamented how several customers had boycotted his shop due to the poor condition of his location. He also said the location had turned into a harbour for criminals, who attack passersby, injure and snatch their motorcycles at night.