OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on federal roads across the country.

This resolution followed a motion moved by Senator Gershom Bassey (PDP, Cross River) on the deplorable state of federal highways.

The senator called for an immediate intervention on the issue.

According to him, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regularity Agency (PPRA) has failed to remit five per cent charge on each litre of petrol to FERMA for close to 13 years.

He said these funds will help FERMA begin repair of these roads.

Contributing to the debate, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu) urged that the road agency be equipped with necessary resources to begin rehabilitation as the raining season is just gradually coming to an end.

The chamber then approved the prayers of the motion and called for improved funding for FERMA.

The Senate Committee on FERMA, Petroleum (Down stream) and National Planning were tasked to investigate the non remittance of the 5 per cent user charge on pump price of petrol and international vehicle transit charge that should accrue to FERMA and other established state road maintenance agencies in the country.


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