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Ember months: FG commits N75.8bn to road rehabilitation



Ember months: FG commits N75.8bn to road rehabilitation

The federal government said on Wednesday it would commit N75,765,087,178.28 to do palliative work on stretches of collapsed roads across the country.

This, according to the Director of Road Construction and Rehabilitation of the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Folorunso Esan, is aimed at facilitating the movement of people and goods during the smoldering months.

Esan revealed this in Abuja during the meeting of transport sector stakeholders to plan and prepare for the motorization of roads and ensure the safety of lives on the country’s highways.

He said the rainy season had affected many sections of the road across the country, hence the need for urgent palliative work to prevent further deterioration.

He said such poor roads had been identified, indicating that affected roads had been mapped and contracts for repairs would be awarded to contractors as part of the preparation for the months of embers.

According to him, the total cost of the repair work is N75,765,087,178.28.

In his speech, the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, called on the actors of the road sector to devote their efforts once again to improving safety and hygiene on the highways.

Fashola said the government was doing everything possible to move cargo by rail because it was fast and made the roads more sustainable.

“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is making an effort to ensure that overloaded trucks no longer ply the country’s highways.

According to him, a measuring scale device installed on a computer will be implemented across the country to ensure that trucks and transport vans do not carry excess goods.

“You may not know it, the government is building the pipeline from Kano, Lagos and Abeokuta and we want to see tankers, lumber moving on the railroad and we hope that can relieve the pressure on the road.

“I want to call on road users, NUPENG, NATO, NURTW and FRSC to work together. Our responsibility is to ensure the safety of road users.

“All the data we have on the road shows us that most road accidents are due to speeding.

Fashola said that speeding violation usually results in loss of control, adding that violation of traffic lights, dangerous driving, unjustified passing, among others, are the causes of all road accidents across the country. .

“We will start our restrictions with an overload. We will start it in Lagos at the tollgate.

“If your vehicle is overloaded you will pay fines, so the reason we did that is because we want to make it less costly to obey and make breaking the law very costly.

“That way we hope people choose to comply instead of paying excessive penalties,” he said.

For his part, Mr. Rindom Kumven, the body safety engineering officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, said safety campaigns are being launched in all of our sectors and area commands across the country to educate all road users.

“Along the condition of the secondary roads, surveys are being carried out to see the actual road conditions and the report will also be sent to the ministry.

“We also identify the black spot that we have identified over time that can potentially pose a challenge to us.

“All of these areas have been identified and are being addressed so that all Nigerians can travel safely during the smoldering months and beyond,” Kumven said.

Also speaking at the meeting, NUPENG National Vice President Lucky Osezuwa called on the government to keep its promise to repair the roads.

Stakeholders in attendance include representatives of National Highway Transport Owners, NARTO, National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers, NUPENG, National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC.

Others are the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, and the contractor responsible for various road projects in the country, where they have pledged to repair failed portions of critical roads across the Federation.

Source: NAN

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