The Senate has urged the Federal Government to undertake immediate rehabilitation and dualisation of major highways and interstate roads across the country. This was sequel to a motion entitled ‘Collapse of Road Infrastructure in Nigeria’, which was sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye and co-sponsored by 85 other senators.
The Senate also urged the Federal Ministry of Works to urgently explore additional ways to fund the federal road rehabilitation projects in the country. It further directed its Ad Hoc Committee on Works to embark on the audit of all road projects in the country with a view to producing raw data for further necessary legislative action.
It said there was a need to finding lasting solution to road problems in the country in view of the attendant negative impact on trade and commerce. It decried that in spite of several trillions of naira spent on road re-construction and rehabilitation in the country since return of democracy there was minimal or no impact.
In his remarks, the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, observed that the poor state of the roads in the country has contributed negatively to the development of the economy. He lamented the fact that roads in smaller countries in the region are in better shape than roads in Nigeria. He noted that there is a need for concerted efforts to ensure that factors responsible for poor condition of roads in the country are tackled.
-Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja