OrderPaperToday – Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Federal Road Mentainance Agency (FERMA), Mr. Olufemi Bamisile (Ekiti, APC) has expressed displeasure over a statement credited to the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, to the effect that the federal government will not refund money spent by state governors to repair federal roads traversing their states.
Mr. Bamisile also expressed concerns over the reported inability of FERMA to access over 64 billion naira meant to accrue from a percentage of petroleum product sale in the country.
“I read a report recently in the media where the MD of FERMA lamented the inability of the agency to access over 64 billion naira meant to come from a percentage of petroleum products sale. I learnt that as you drive into any filling station to fuel your car, there is a certain percentage that foes into a fund dedicated for road maintenance,” he said.
He therefore called on all members of the committee to put in their best to work towards fixing bad roads across the country.
The chairman stated this during the committee’s inaugural meeting held in the National Assembly, Abuja on Wednesday.
According to Bamisile, the minister has indirectly told state governors not to repair federal roads in their states, saying “does it mean that Nigerians will continue to be exposed to dangers associated with our roads littered with gullies and potholes? The questions are endless and this committee must address this issue so that we can five good governance to our constituents and Nigerian as a whole”.
He said further: “I need to remind us that 99 percent of Nigerians rely on road to get to their destinations within the country. Some Nigerians cannot afford to travel by air. Unfortunately, transportation by rail is limited at the moment because the only functional railway line is Abuja- Kaduna rail.Therefore we have a duty as a committee to ensure that our roads are safe and motorable.”