Road Network News #Update
The Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Power has renewed its commitment to the construction of new roads and the maintenance of existing road infrastructure. The assurances were given in a National Survey conducted nationwide by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the ongoing rehabilitation and reconstruction of federal roads in the country.
The officials who spoke in an interview with NAN, explained that repair work and reconstruction had been carried out on most federal roads in their areas, within the level of resources available for such activities.
According to Mr Ayoola Bolaji, the Maintenance Engineer, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in Bayelsa, the state has a total of six federal roads. He also said that some of the roads included the Mbiama/Yenagoa, Primary Road 1, 2 and 3, Yenagoa-Imiringi-Oloibiri and the ongoing 20.9km Yenegwe/Kolo/Otuoke road project.
“We have carried out a direct labour drive on various roads which involved activities such as vegetation control and the reinstatement of failed portions of the carriageways, patching of potholes and asphalt overlay of distressed sections of the road,’’ he said.
However, Suzzy Ayibaowei, a resident of Imiringi, Ogbia Local Government Area, decried the way people have suffered in terms of bad roads in the area. He urged the Federal Government to expedite action to complete some of the ongoing road projects in Bayelsa.
On other parts of the federal roads, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has mobilised four contractors to site to ensure the speedy completion of the Benin/Auchi/Okene dualisation road project in Edo and Kogi.
Mr Oke Oweh, the Federal Controller of Works in Edo, who disclosed this in an interview with the NAN in Benin, said that the road was grouped into sections. He said the construction companies on the road included Mother Cat, Dantata and Sawoe and the Reynolds Construction Company (RCC)
Oweh, who did not disclose the number of federal roads in the state, said no road project was abandoned, but noted that the projects were being awarded bit-by-bit, depending on availability of funds. He added that the Federal Government had also embarked on the rehabilitation of state roads through the influence of the National Assembly lawmakers.
Oweh said, however, that as the dualisation of roads was ongoing, the government was also compensating victims whose houses, farm produce, plantations and crops were destroyed.