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Declare emergency on federal roads, Senate tells FG


Declare emergency on federal roads, Senate tells FG

The Senate on Tuesday asked the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on federal roads following the deplorable condition of road networks across the country.

The upper chamber also mandated its Committee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, Petroleum Down Stream and National Planning to investigate the non-remittance of the five per cent user charge pump price of petrol and international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA.

The resolutions followed deliberations on a motion moved by Sen. Geshom Bassey (Cross River South) who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads.

Bassey on Tuesday came under Senate order 42 and 52 of the Senate rule to present his motion during plenary.
He expressed the concern of the Senate that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and unmotorable roads.
He said bad portion of roads have become safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (PDP-Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways was highly deplorable.

He said there was urgent need within the current budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “The PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do it’s job.
“The raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we have to make sure the roads are properly done.

” You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any major federal highway may not last long.”
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He expressed optimism that the committees mandated to look into the matter will swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.


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  1. ELVIS NORHIEN - October 16, 2019

    We have waited for too long

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  2. Sherifat Mondiu - October 16, 2019

    Ok

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  3. Audu Muhammed jamiu - October 16, 2019

    Ok

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  4. Jeremiah Adeliyi - October 16, 2019

    that s long over due.

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  5. Funmilayo Ruth - October 16, 2019

    thanks

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  6. Afoke Ogayeno - October 16, 2019

    It’s high time the FG deals with the issue

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  7. Opaluwa Friday - October 16, 2019

    It’s more better than before, and is high time the fg tacle the issue for once

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  8. Fasinu Segun - October 16, 2019

    make dem remember badagry death trap road

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  9. Okikiola Abiola - October 16, 2019

    Ok

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  10. jamiu Abdulrasheed - October 16, 2019

    WOW

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  11. lateef simiat - October 16, 2019

    improvement

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  12. Omatseye Gumm - October 16, 2019

    Bad roads should be fixed immediately

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  13. AKINWUMI KOLAWOLE JOHN - October 16, 2019

    Good

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  14. Nafiu Ahmed - October 16, 2019

    Wow

    Reply

  15. Nafiu Ahmed - October 16, 2019

    Good and

    Reply

  16. Nyikwagh Manasseh - October 16, 2019

    good one

    Reply

  17. Joseph Jerome - October 16, 2019

    That’s very good

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  18. Marvelous Njoku - October 16, 2019

    Ok seen

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  19. Irene ugbomah - October 16, 2019

    Can they will they

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  20. victor Omenka - October 16, 2019

    Ok

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  21. JAPHET FRIDAY - October 17, 2019

    federal roads are actually bad

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  22. olukanni abimbola seyi - October 17, 2019

    wow

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  23. Ajao Akinkunmi - October 17, 2019

    this has to be done

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  24. Juliana Fajobi - October 17, 2019

    Pls fixed those roads

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  25. Edeh Johnson Onyedikachi - October 27, 2019

    It’s high time the ft do something about the roads

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  26. Oluwaseun Odumusi - October 27, 2019

    Something must be done fast

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  27. Ebuka Nwanokwara - November 14, 2019

    They are the ones in power, na them Sabi…

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