Deplorable Federal Roads: Kogi State Solicits Urgent FG’s Intervention
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has solicited urgent Federal Government’s attention to the deplorable condition of federal roads in Kogi.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for information and Communication, Hon Kingsley Fanwo says Governor Bello made the call when he visited the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola in Abuja.
The statement explains that the deplorable state of all federal roads across the state have led to recurrent accidents in the state.
It stresses the state government has done a lot in maintaining the roads but owing to the large volume of traffic on the roads, in view of its strategic location as gateway state, such repairs and maintenance do not stand the test of time.
The statement appeals to the minister to expedite action in carrying out reconstruction of roads across the state to curtail the preventable accidents on the road.
” I am appealing to the minister to direct contractors handling repairs on the Murtala Bridge at Jamata to speed up the rate of work, adding that the slow pace of work has caused the commuters untold hardship.
Bello informed the minister that he had to personally be on ground on the Lokoja -Abuja road on July 26 to help other agencies to control the traffic gridlock caused on the Lokoja -Abuja road as a result of the damaged portion of the bridge.
He equally urged the minister to direct the contractors handling the Kabba-Ilorin road to return to site, noting that the total neglect of the road in the area has made life unbearable for motorists and commuters plying the road.
Responding, Fashola said he has directed the Federal Road Maintenance Agency to immediately move into action to fix bad portion of the road at the Felele end of the Okene/Lokoja/Abuja road.
Fashola commiserated with the governor, people and government of Kogi State over the accident that claimed lives on Wednesday in Lokoja.