FERMA lists 103 federal roads, 10 bridges for repair in 2016

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

 

The Managing Director of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Engr. Peter Odeh has said the agency will rehabilitate about 103 roads and 10 bridges across the country before end of the year.

 

Odeh disclosed this in Abuja while defending the 2016 budget before the Senate Committee on Works, and the House Committee on FERMA at the National Assembly (NASS) on Monday.

 

He stated that the gesture would facilitate proper maintenance and repairs of Federal roads.

 

In a statement by the Agency’s Head of Communication and Public Relations, Mrs. Maryam Sanusi, FERMA stated that it would ensure that all the federal roads are motorable all year round.

 

This is coming just as the Federal Government has also disclosed plans to upgrade the agency to full status of a construction company.

 

Odeh stated that priority would be given to more economically viable roads across the nation this year, due to their economic value to their locality and the nation.

 

“This would upgrade the commercial activities in the six geopolitical zones. So the agency through the award of contracts and direct labour mechanism in 2015 was able to make positive impact on the lives of Nigerians by embarking on the repair of major economic roads linking States, which helped to minimize accidents during the yuletide period.” 

 

He identified inadequate funding, delayed release of fund, abuse of highway by articulated vehicles through excessive loading among challenges facing the agency.

 

Meanwhile, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, while speaking at the same venue said the agency should be upgraded to full status of a construction firm considering its functions.

 

Fashola disclosed that the upgrade would enable FERMA deal with full road construction and maintenance.

 

In his remark, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Power and Housing, Senator Kabiru Gaya urged FERMA to double its efforts to ensure over 80 per cent of roads budgeted are rehabilitated and well maintained.

 

He stated that it became necessary to give the people much needed dividends of democracy.

 

The Chairman, House Committee on FERMA, Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso, cautioned the agency on the implementation of its 2016 budget to reflect the genuine change that would benefit the masses.

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