The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency(FERMA), Hon Femi Bamisile, has described some federal roads across the country as deplorable and pathetic, calling on the government to release the sum of 12 billion naira to the agency for road rehabilitation before yuletide season.
Hon. Bamisile made this call in Erio-Ekiti on Friday while inspecting a collapsed bridge along Aramoko-Erio-Efon highway.
The lawmaker urged the Minister of Works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to ply some federal highways across the country, rather than saying the complaints about the bad shape of roads were a complete exaggeration.
‘I don’t know where the Minister got that information from. Our roads are bad and in a sorry state and nothing more to describe it.
“I want to believe that whoever says people’s complaints about our roads are mere hype must either be downplaying 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 said.
Bamisile praised governor Kayode Fayemi for releasing a sum of N19 million to the contractor to carry out palliative works on the collapsed portion of the road.
“Temporary measure can’t work on this collapsed portion. We need to divert the highway and do a thorough job here because this road was built on an old small culvert.