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In another report, the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Monday revealed that it actually intended to reconstruct some of the damaged roads which had been washed away by flood across the country.
The agency had also revealed that there was an urgent need to kickstart the reconstruction and requested for up to ₦100 billion intervention fund from the federal government.
The Managing Director of FERMA, Engr Nurudeen Abdulrahman Rafindadi had made this statement on Monday at the National Assembly during the 2023 budget defence session which he had with the Senate Committee on FERMA.
He had also made the request in response to a question asked by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Gershom Bassey, on steps being taken by FERMA to re-fix the washed-away roads.
He noted that FERMA has a central role to play in getting things right in the flooded areas in terms of creating access to emergency services or relief materials.
According to him: “Without fixing the damaged roads across the flooded areas, no relief material or emergency services can be given to victims.”
Evaluation of damages on the affected roads across the states have been carried out, he said, stressing that fixing the road is a task “requiring ₦100 billion.”
Virtually all the members of the committee assured the FERMA boss that legislative intervention would be made towards the facilitation of the ₦100billion intervention fund for road repairs in areas affected by flood.
In another report, the Sector Commander of the Bauchi State Command of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Yusuf Abdullahi blamed the incessant accidents on Bauchi roads on the devil.
He stated this in Bauchi while lamenting on Saturday that in the month of November, the Command recorded no fewer than 35 deaths.
‘I am very sorry to say, but the fact is that, the devil has taken over our roads in Bauchi State.
‘We really need to stand up and do something to reclaim the roads. The situation is so terrible that, in the month of November, it was a case of one death per day because we had not less than 35 deaths from accidents across the state.
‘This is worrisome and disturbing, something has to be done quickly.