Federal roads construction, rehabilitation in Niger need N300bn – Senate
Federal roads construction, rehabilitation in Niger need N300bn – Senate

The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to approve N300bn intervention fund for the rehabilitation of highly deplorable federal roads in Niger State.

The Senate made the call when its Deputy Whip, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi (Niger North), drew its attention to the deplorable state of federal roads in the state stretching over 2,000 kilometres, through a motion of urgent national importance.

Abdullahi in the motion lamented that articulated vehicles drivers used their trucks to block the roads from Friday last week to the early hours of Tuesday with attendant untold hardships on other road users.

He explained that Niger State had the longest federal roads network of 2,263km out of a total of 32,000km of national federal roads network.

He therefore called for emergency action from the federal government on the road in the mode of N300bn special fund which was adopted by the Senate in its resolutions.

Other resolutions adopted by the Senate are that the Federal Government should declare a state of emergency on the critical roads in Niger State linking economic corridors in the North and South.

It also resolved that a national legislative roundtable on the state of infrastructure for economic development should be convoked.

The upper chamber also urged the Federal Government to direct the Federal Ministry of Works to carry out emergency stabilisation of the failed portions of Bida – Lapai – Lambatta road to ease the current suffering and rate of accidents and loss of goods and investments in the road.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Works, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has directed contractors already assigned for fixing of the roads to move to sites immediately.

Fashola in a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry, Boade Akinola, directed the contractors handling the construction of Lambata -Lapai – Bida Road to immediately embark on remedial works with boulders on the critical section of the road in order to bring relief to commuters.

The minister noted in the statement that the weather condition was adversely affecting the progress of work on the ongoing 124.8km thereby making the road unusable especially between Km 45 – 50kms to articulated vehicles and trailers conveying petroleum products and others.

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