FERMA moves to rehabilitate federal roads
*As FG plans direct dredging of waterways
Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has assured of its readiness to improve the state of federal roads particularly by desilting drains, and fixing critical roads and bridges in need of urgent attention nationwide.
This was just as the Federal Government disclosed plans to scale up the dredging of waterways across the country to ease movement of goods and services through water channels.
Acting Director-General of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Danladi Ibrahim, told the media yesterday in Abuja that since 2015, government had scaled up the acquisition of dredgers to enhance direct dredging and maintenance of waterways.
Also speaking yesterday in Benin City, Edo State capital, Managing Director of FERMA, Nurudeen Rafindadi, while on inspection of federal road projects across the South South Zone II, said his visit to the area was to, among others, assess federal road projects.
Rafindadi said the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari had demonstrated commitment towards roads and bridges rehabilitation in the country.
Expressing satisfaction with the ongoing repair works on some sections of the Benin-Agbor-Asaba highway, he tasked FERMA workers and contractors handling the agency’s road rehabilitation on safety and standards.
He added that ongoing rehabilitation works of township roads, reinstatement of collapsed drainage and special repairs on bridges were geared towards ensuring safety of lives.