OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to improve the current process of rehabilitating Nigerian roads by only awarding contracts it has the resources to execute within a fiscal year.
The resolution followed a motion sponsored during plenary on Wednesday by Mr. Bolaji Ayinla, who represents constituents in Mushin, Lagos.
Mr. Ayinla voiced his worry over the dilapidated state of several federal roads across the country. He noted that this has affected the transport of people and goods across the country due to accidents and resultant delays.
He noted, “all the bad federal roads in Nigeria need [the] immediate attention of the Federal Government and the limited resources at the disposal of the Federal Government has made it impossible for all the roads to be rehabilitated at the same time.”
According to him, the successive governments have awarded contracts for the rehabilitation or reconstruction of long stretches of Federal Roads proposed in annual budget, but many were not executed due to the lack of funds for the project.
The House, in agreement, said if contracts are awarded yearly for the rehabilitation of specified stretches of selected Federal Roads, it would be easier for the Federal Government to release funds to execute them and ensure that more roads are rehabilitated within the four-year tenure of a particular administration.