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Kashimbilla Dam in Taraba state.

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has expressed deep concern over the absence of access road leading to the Mambilla Hydro–Power project site located in Sardauna local government area of the State.

He observed that lack of free and unhindered access to the proposed dam site were responsible for inability of the project to leave the drawing board for implementation.

He told a bewildered audience that anyone intended on visiting the project site can only do so by helicopter, as even motorcycles would have to stop after a 6hr ride while the rest of the journey completed on foot.

Ishaku who spoke while hosting the board and management of the North–East Development Commission, (NEDC) at the executive council chambers of the Government House , Jalingo, enjoined the commission to intervene in constructing access roads.

The NEDC team led by its Chairman, Gen. Paul Tarfa (rtd), was at the Taraba State Government House to intimate the Government on the projects being carried out in the state by the commission.

Ishaku, while lamenting the spate of abandoned Federal road projects in the State, urged the commission to assist in the completion of the Marraraba – Baissa-road, federal owned road which his administration is currently constructing.

He described the road, another gateway to the Cameroons, as a hub of natural resources.

Earlier, the Managing Director of NEDC, Mohamed Alkali, in his keynote address, said the commission was in the state with food and non-food items to support the state as part of its mandate as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.