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The Chairman,  House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency(FERMA), Femi Bamisile, has described as a failure, the N460billion earmarked in the 2021 Appropriation, as a complete failure.

He said the budgeted amount did not make any positive impact in the state of Federal roads in the country as the roads remained largely delapidated with collapsed bridges.

The lawmaker, who represents Gbonyin/Ekiti East/Emure federal constituency, noted that the N30billion voted for FERMA from the total amount was paltry, given the magnitude of road rehabilitation works available.

The lawmaker was at the failed portion of a federal road in Aramoko Ekiti , in Ekiti West Local government area of Ekiti State on Saturday.

Some commuters had staged a protest over the condition of the road after after some vehicles were stranded on the bad spot.

A luxury bus belonging to Etie Okwe Transport Company also got stuck at a bad portion of the road and obstructed free flow of vehicles along that route for over 24 hours.

Mr Bamisile also visited the Ado-Ilawe-Igbara-Oke  and Ado-Ikere-Akure roads, where similar situations were experienced.

He called on the Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency to rise to the occasion and removed the faulty vehicles.

He however, said FERMA had begun reconstruction of a bridge that collapsed at Ijan Ekiti, Gbonyin local government area, which had been causing traffic snarls along Ado-Ijan-Ikare road.

“I have met with the Minister of Works, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola  several times on the terrible  conditions of the federal roads in Ekiti State and what Nigerians are passing through,” he said.

“This situation  is unfortunate and we have to find solutions to it. We leant that a bridge got cut off at Jebba in Kwara State and these heavy trucks from the  North and South now find Ekiti as the most convenient place to ply and that had further caused serious damage to both federal and state roads.

“I have moved round Ekiti and what I saw were disturbing. The bridge at Jebba had collapsed and made those going to the East, Central, far North ,  West and Southsouth of the country   to be taking Ekiti route. 

“On Friday, I saw  about 1000 trucks along Ado- Akure road stranded because of bad road. I pity what  Nigerians are passing through this time.

“The Federal Ministry of  Works got a total of  N460 billion in the budget and N30 billion was given  to FERMA, this is too small for a body saddled with maintenance and rehabilitation  of roads across Nigeria. Nigerians cannot be treated this way. 

“There should be a serious reform in the way our federal roads are being maintained. Let all the monies  being allocated be structured accordingly, so that Nigerians can be rescued from this mess. 

“On my return to Abuja, I will take this matter up. I have been to the North, South and everywhere, we are experiencing bad roads and this is because of poor funding and this must change because Nigerians are really suffering.”

Mr Bamisile appealed to the stranded motorists not to resort to violence, promising to help find solutions.

The Governor of Ogun State recently stated that about 90 per cent of Federal roads in the state were in a bad state.

He made the assertion when he received a delegation of the Federal Character Commission.

“There is a video being circulated on the social media showing the bad condition of roads in Ado-Odo/Ota right now,” he said.

“Ado-Odo/Ota harbours the biggest industries in this country, but regrettably, 90 per cent of the federal roads here are in bad shape.”

The Akure-Ado Ekiti has also largely failed, prompting several protests from road users.

in July residents of both states marched in protest against the deplorable condition of the road.

The residents alleged that contractors who were given the contract refused to commence work on the road 15 months after receiving mobilization for the N22b dualization of the road.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Niyi Majofodu said, the road had become a nightmare to residents of Igoba axis as well as motorists plying the road.

Although some states have attempted to rehabilitate some Federal roads in their domains, the task of recovering the amounts have been discouraging them from doing so in the face of dwindling revenues.

Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of State, Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, had in August announced that the Federal Government had refunded N143 billion to five states for constructing federal roads.

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