The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife PhD, has once again decried the state of roads in the country, calling on the federal government to take pragmatic steps to rehabilitate strategic roads in different parts of the country. This was disclosed in a press statement by Mr Kingsley Ubani, SA Media to Senator Uche Ekwunife.
While addressing the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Ekwunife said that Nigerians are losing their lives to bad roads. She also lamented that the poor state of the roads is affecting economic activities.
“Mr President to say that the roads in Nigeria is a nightmare is an understatement. The roads in Nigeria are in shambles. The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency remains one of the most important agencies of government, but sadly the agency is not funded to carry out its constitutional obligations, which is constant maintenance of our highways in Nigeria.”
“Construction of roads is one thing, maintenance is another. Nigerians yearn for roads maintenance. Almost all the roads in the country are impassable. Kidnappers, armed-robbers and bandits have turned the bad portions of our roads into their catchment areas. Something must be done urgently. The Federal government can partner with the state governments to address the challenges of roads maintenance. Our people are suffering”, Ekwunife passionately stated.
“Mr President, Nigerians are looking up to you because you have the gravel of appropriation. Kindly use it to ensure that FERMA is adequately funded to maintain our roads. Nigerians are losing their lives”, the grassroots-friendly lawmaker told the President of the Senate.