From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State Ministry of Works has finally taken effect of the construction work at the British American Junction in Jos as the contractors moved to the site on Monday to block the required areas that will enable them break ground.
The commissioner of the ministry, Hon. Pam Bot-Mang was at the site as early as 4:00am alongside his Permanent Secretary, Engr. Alexander Plangnaan, the Site Engineer of the Contracting firm, Engr. Charbell, to ensure that the exercise was carried out accordingly.
Speaking on the development, the commissioner said the exercise was very key to the commencement of the project.
He appealed to the citizens to cooperate with the situation and bear the inconveniences that would occur as a result of the diversions.
According to him, they are excited that the contractors are moving to the site to commence the work.
“This is significant for the government and the people of the state who have long yearned for a relief to the traffic gridlock in the British-American Junction,” said the commissioner.
He said, Governor Lalong has assured that the problem would soon be a thing of the past as the Flyover is constructed, adding that: “Our duty is to make sure that his promise to the people of Plateau State is fulfilled in record time.”
He said that the diversions were very necessary towards achieving the mandate.
Mr. Bot-Mang called on motorists to use the alternative routes earlier listed out and be patient, saying that: “because such pains will eventually give birth to joy of the new infrastructure that will greatly impact on the well being of the people and the economy of the state.”
The Site Engineer of the contracting firm, Engr. Charbell appreciated the efforts of the government in sensitizing the public towards the smooth take off of the project, assuring that the company would operate professionally and with the highest consideration for safety and caution.
Our correspondent reports that with this development, the road closure would be at the state water board’s treatment plant for the Dogon Karfe axis; at the Guaranty Trust Bank U-turn for the Murtala Mohammed Way axis and at Film Corporation Junction for Liberty Boulevard axis.
Motorists are advised to find alternative routes to their destinations some of which include the following, Tudun Wada Ring Road to Domkat Bali Road, Secretariat Junction through Plateau Hospital Road, Plateau Hospital Roundabout through D. B. Zang Way and Abbattoir-Dogon Karfe through Plateau State Dental Hospital Road.
Others include Abbattoir-Dogon Karfe Roundabout through Hopehill Hospital to Ministry of Lands and Survey-ECWA Headquarters Road, Rayfield to Lamingo Road, Gold and Base through Shiaka to Liberty Boulevard Road, and the same would apply for those leaving Jos Township to Bukuru and beyond.