Senate asks FG to declare emergency on federal roads, laments deplorable condition

Senate asks FG to declare emergency on federal roads, laments deplorable condition

The federal government of Nigeria has been asked by the Senate to declare a state of emergency on federal roads across the country.

The Senate made the request on Tuesday, October 15, following a motion raised by Senator Gershom Bassey. gathers that Bassey, who is the lawmaker representing Cross River South senatorial district at the upper chamber, decried the deplorable state of federal roads in Nigeria.

The lawmaker also claimed that the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has failed to remit the five per cent user charge of fuel pump price to the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), as stipulated in the Act for the rehabilitation of federal roads.

The committee on petroleum and FERMA were thereafter asked to investigate the alleged non-remittance of funds by PPPRA for the rehabilitation of roads in the country.

Senate president Ahmad Lawan said: “Every part of this country suffers from the deplorable state of our roads and I hope the committees look into this and report in two (2) weeks."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the federal government told state governors not to fix any federal road if it plans to come back for compensation.

This was disclosed by Babatunde Fashola, Nigeria's works and housing minister, at a two-day interactive session with the Francis Uduyok-led ad hoc committee on abandoned federal government projects (works) from 1999 till date.

According to him, this becomes imperative as a result of the huge amount requested by state governors after repairing the federal roads in their domains.

He said: “What has happened to states; that’s another thing. The states submitted a bill of almost N1 trillion when President Buhari was elected. He asked us to work out what was their entitlement and all of that.

“Ultimately, the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) certified about N454 billion. I don’t remember the exact amount now, except for two states. I think Cross River… There’s another state that didn’t have the documents at the time."

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Going further, the minister said after the huge demand, President Buhari specifically gave the directives that governors should not touch roads if there are plans to request for compensation.

He said: “But the decision to pay those inherited debts, including the ones I contracted as governor of Lagos, was with the caveat that I should tell the governors to leave Federal roads alone. Those were the directives. I was not the one that took the decision." ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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