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8 Nov 2019

Stop downplaying bad state of federal roads, Reps tells Fashola

Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Hon Femi Bamisile, has faulted Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola over his averment that the deplorable conditions of federal roads were exaggerated.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, representing Ekiti South Federal constituency II, said the comment clearly showed that the Minister had not been plying major roads to be able to know the decrepit conditions of the federal roads.


Bamisile urged Fashola to embark on spot assessment to have a full grasp of the happenings on major federal roads rather than saying their situations were mere conjectures.

The federal lawmaker, who spoke in Erio -Ekiti on Friday while inspecting a collapsed bridge along Aramoko-Erio-Efon highway, expressed displeasure at the situation on that portion of the federal road.

He noted the FG must do something urgent to avert carnage in that area.

Disagreeing with Fashola, he said: “I don’t know where the Minister got that information from. Our roads are bad and in sorry states and nothing more to describe it.

“Just take a look at this collapsed portion, it can contain a whole house if dropped inside.

“I want to believe that whoever says people’s complaints about our roads are mere hype must either down-playing the situation or maybe the person doesn’t ply our roads at all.

“I saw a documentary about federal roads in Anambra state recently. In fact, I saw a road that had totally cut off.

“The Minister must accept the reality that our roads need serious attention.”

He commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for quickly releasing N19 million to contractor to carry out palliative work on the collapsed portion.

He, however, appealed to the federal government to release N12 billion to the agency to put roads back to good shape before Yuletide.

“The situations of our federal roads are bad and pathetic and our people don’t deserve this.

“The federal government must allow the states to attend to them to rescue our people and save them from pains.

“It is quite unfortunate that our federal roads are like this and if you look well, this road is gradually cutting off. Three quarters of the road had receded and it is unacceptable.

“I must confess that temporary measure can’t work on this collapsed portion. We need to divert the road and do a thorough job here because this road was built on old small culvert.

“We have just completed the process of budgeting and FERMA got a sum of N29 billion in the 2019 appropriation bill, this is too small to carry out major works on our roads, they are in bad shapes. The National assembly has made a good case that that would not be enough.

“The Committees in charge of FERMA in the House of Representatives and the Senate had requested an emergency fund of N12 billion to be released as a matter of urgency for this Yuletide for the sake of our people and country.

“As a minimum, a sum of N2b for each geo-political zone to FERMA will go a long way in helping us carry out major repairs on our bad roads.”

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