Over 88 capital road projects in Nigeria that were captured in 2017 budget nationwide have been completed. This is according to the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
The Head of Communication and Public Relations (FERMA) Maryam Sanusi stated that other 66 road projects that were also captured in 2017 budget are presently at 50% completion. Sanusi added that the agency was making efforts to ensure that all the roads mapped out for maintenance were completed as at when due.
“The assurance is that as long as adequate funds are available, the agency will ensure that all roads mapped out for maintenance are completed. All Federal Trunk’s `A’ roads, were the agency’s main focus. These roads are major contributors to the socio-economic and political development of our country. They carried about 90% of total volume of transportation of goods and services,” she said.
“Aside from budgetary allocation, additional sources of funding as captured in the agency’s Act are yet to be explored. The agency relies on budgetary allocation for its roads maintenance activities,’’ she added
“I will want Nigerians to know that the road is an asset we use to access our communities and work places. I want Nigerians to know that using the roads responsibly allows free movement of traffic,” said Sanusi. “Nigerians should be patient with FERMA because we know the importance of roads. We are on a tremendous transformation drive as far as road maintenance is concerned,’’ she added.